Love it // Caru Skincare Co. Chamomile Skin Rescue Kit


Caru Skin Care Co. Chamomile Skin Rescue Kit

Is there anyone out there whose skin doesn’t dry up when the temperature drops? As soon as winter hits, my face gets super tight. Not in a good, newly lasered sort of way. No. It’s more of a don’t make me smile or I will crack open and bleed to death kind of thing.

So, when I discovered Caru Skincare Co, I was rather joyful to find the Chamomile Skin Rescue Kit. Ahhh, the soothing balm that is anything chamomile. Jojoba oil is magical for dry skin, and just the thought of rubbing some on to my soon-to-be winter weary skin gives me hope for the next couple of months.

I’ll be honest. You could put hydrogen peroxide in this beautiful packaging and I’d probably put it on my dry face. I’m such a sucker for a pretty label. The soaps are wrapped in biodegradable handmade paper that is embedded with seeds. You can plant the label when you are done admiring it, and grow flowers out of it. Ingenious!


Love it // Herbivore Botanicals Spa Gift Set


Herbivore Botanicals - Spa Gift SetI admit, I was initially drawn to Herbivore Botanicals on the strength of their package design. It totally speaks to a certain aesthetic, and I love it! I’ve been struggling in the self-care department lately. I could really use a night to myself, locked in the bathroom with this Spa Gift Set, a bottle of wine and a carefully curated playlist to help me unwind. Of course, they offer a myriad of other amazing products, available for individual sale, and in lovely gift sets like these. Treat yo’self!

Wear it // Black and Blue


Wear it // Black and Blue

I love the pairing of dark blue and black. There’s nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone, by adding a little bit of royal blue and navy to your otherwise black wardrobe. I mean, we wouldn’t want anyone to worry. Seriously though, I remember when it was un grand faux pas to mix navy and black, and now I simply can’t get enough!

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Dolce & Gabbana // Nail Lacquer in Peacock

Liat Gilad Jewellery // Trio Drops Necklace

Girl by Band of Outsiders // Blanket Coat

Acne // Lucida Merino Black/Navy Opera Gloves

Madewell // Skinny Skinny Ankle Coated Motorcycle Jeans

Guerlain // L’Heure Bleue

Swedish Hasbeens // Zip It Victoria Boots

Love it // L:A Bruket Handcréme


L:A Bruket HandcrémeI’m going a little nutty over this Swedish line of handmade, organic, botanical products. L:A Bruket‘s lotions, crémes, soaps and other amazing products are made with the finest ingredients and the greatest care. Their packaging is rustic, yet modern. I love anything that looks like it came from an old apothecary. This handcréme is rich with Sage, Rosemary and Lavender, in a shea butter base. Perfect for these cold, dry hands of mine. Every purse should have a tube of this in it this winter!



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Mmmmm… I am really enjoying this Orange Cardamom Soda Syrup from Organic Fair. I’m a bit mad about cardamom as it is, but mixed with the wonderful flavour of orange, it’s a pure delight. Just add this syrup to a glass of sparkling water, and you have your own custom made soda. Now to get my hands on some vanilla ice cream.

Fall is all about the mums, don’t you think? This week, I found two lovely flower baskets filled with chrysanthemums, and adorned with pansies, cabbage and succulents. One on each side of the front door, and I feel like the house is instantly transformed into a welcoming and cozy abode. Oh autumn, how I love thee.

I found this week to be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes there’s so much to do, and not enough time. On Wednesday I had so much driving to do, I basically put the iPod on to Charles Trénet, and let it work its way through the “C” artists. What a treat, I had forgotten about this delightful album by Chiara Mastroianni and Benjamin Biolay. Home is so laid back, so chic, so French… I felt instantly soothed and relaxed by Mastroianni’s delicate whisper, and who doesn’t love the deep tones of Monsieur Biolay? Sadly, the two split up a year after this album was released. My goodness, she’s a beautiful one. I guess having Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni as parents, it would be hard to turn out any other way.

In my continuing efforts to make things fall-like and cozy at home, I broke out the Voluspa Baltic Amber candle this week. Oh, how I love the rich, faintly sweet and luxurious scent of amber. It’s rather a bit too heavy a fragrance for summer, but come grey skies and yellow leaves, amber is just right.

I feel like the instant that the weather cools down, I get dry lips. This goes on for roughly 10 months, and then over the summer, I forget that I ever had chapped lips. Suddenly, October hits and I’m clambering for a swipe of anything remotely moisturizing. This week I picked up Fable Naturals Orange and Vanilla Lip Balm. I love that they are a local company, use Fair Trade and organic ingredients, and look at the cute little tube! It’s like a push pop for your lips. The flavour is just like a creamsicle, which is precisely what I had hoped for. Most importantly, it has kept my lips happy.

I’ve sort of appropriated an October tradition from my dear friend Gregory. He always reads scary books during this month, and I’ve been taking after him for the past few years. I always kick things off with Henry James. The Turn of the Screw is the scariest book ever. Ever!! I remember the first time I read it. I lay awake afterwards, wondering if I might die, my heart was beating so fast. I still yelp out loud when I read it. I wonder which other spooky tomes I will cuddle up with before the month is over?

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My mom has been giving away boxes of books, so I went over to take a peek and see what I might want. Well, lo and behold, my copy of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume was in there! I stole it back, and starting diving into it again this week. The first time I read this book, I was so overwhelmed by the pungency of it all, that I almost found it a bit much. On a second and now a third read, I find Süskind’s tale of murder to be such a delightful (albeit, horrible!) exploration of the human connection to scent. I’d love a copy of this book with the Klaus Haapaniemi’s cover art, like the one pictured above. Holy Haapaniemi, it’s beautiful!

Hooray for salt! Poor salt, it gets a bad rap. Luckily, I am here to advocate for the responsible use of salt in all its variants. I’m rather fond of Québec’s Maison Orphée. They offer wonderful oils, vinegars and other delightful edibles, and the prices are not outrageous, even for their organic lines. I’ve been a-salting nearly everything (responsibly!) with their Sel de mer aux herbes de Provence. On a soft-boiled egg in the morning, tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, my fingers… ha, just kidding. I’m not there yet. Give me time. The salt is flavourful on its own, and the herbs almost make it buttery. Try their coconut oil too, it’s outstanding.

I listened to First Aid Kit’s The Lion’s Roar all summer. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but I kept listening and coming back to it week after week. Suddenly, it became something I’d listen to all the time. The lovely duo’s songs are melodic and the lyrics thoughtful, without weighing too heavily on the soul. Country songs about winter in Stockholm? Yes please. This past week I found this album to be the perfect working companion. It’s much nicer to be listening to something you love when you accidentally sew your finger to the inside of a shirt. Yep.

My beloved Aunty Val has had this amazing Sukin lotion and hand soap in her guest bathroom for a while now. She’s totally on the pulse of what’s natural, beneficial and beautiful, and it shows in her radiance. I have wanted to get my hands on a bottle of Sukin’s body lotion for what feels like ages, and now my grocery delivery place stocks it. Hooray! It’s the warm orange scent that originally had me fiending for the stuff, but the texture of my skin after using it has made me fall in love with it even more. My hands feel like baby’s cheeks! Well, not as chubby thank goodness, but very soft. If I could buy this in industrial sized tubs, I would.

I started going to ballet class this week. For the first time in a very long time, I stood at the barre and fumbled my way through my pliés, tendus, relevés… and even some jumps! It was a little trickier than I had thought it might be. I looked like a pale, globular sea creature, flailing about in the mirror. Despite feeling like an abject failure, I woke up the next morning feeling proud, and dare I say it, more graceful. It might take me a while to feel comfortable, but I’ll get there!

Baies was the first Diptyque candle I ever bought. Now I have enough of the empty jars to start my own candle making business. The rich scent of roses and blackcurrant leaves is a Diptyque classic, and one that I love so much at this time of year. It’s so cold and quiet in the house. The dogs are fast asleep. The kitty is fast asleep. The Baies fragrance has sent everybody into an intoxicating slumber filled with dreams of mystical blossoms and aromatic berries. I think I will join them.

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I did a lot of driving this week… driving time that could have been reduced by half were it not for terrible congestion, road work at every turn, and general everyday too-many-people-ness. Thank goodness for the iPod. This week I pretty much only listened to The Radio Dept. You know how you get in a mood, and only one thing will do? I needed something poppy, shoe-gazey and laid back… without putting me to sleep at the wheel. Especially that.

The days have been quite warm this week, but it’s definitely cooling down at night. I have what could be described as an out-of-hand blanket and throw collection. I never had a blankie when I was a baby, ok? The softer the throw, the happier I am. Thus, as soon as the temperatures start to dip, I spend as much time as possible wrapped up in a luxurious blanket like this Rani Arabella cashmere throw. Snug as a bug in a rug!

I have been running ragged this week, and I tried to pick up a new book, but I just ended up getting to the end of the page without knowing what I had just read. When you have to read the same page four times, either the book is kind of meh, or you should just give in and go to sleep. I had heard good things about Welcome to Night Vale, and thought I’d put on a podcast and rest my eyes. Their website describes it best: “Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” It reminds me of the late 90’s when I would lay awake at night listening to Art Bell, except it’s not real, and I can actually sleep afterwards.

Another weapon in my arsenal. When waging the war on haggardness, one must be prepared to engage the enemy on all fronts. A few carefully blended attacks with Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter, and my tired face retreats, leaving a healthy glowing face in its wake. A strike down the middle of my face from hairline to chin, a blitz along the upper cheeks from under the eye to the temple, and a light barrage along the jawline, and you’ll be looking fresh-faced and vibrant before you can even say, “Enough with the war analogies!”

You know what’s a super yummy treat? Liberté Méditerranée yogourt. Let me tell you, all the flavours are good. I’ve tried them all. It’s the perfect, creamy blend of milk and cream, and the delicious fruity accompaniments are outstanding. We need our calcium, so we may as well enjoy it. Just don’t think you’re going to be able to enjoy any of that fat-free rubbish after you’ve had this. Pah!

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