Love it // IKEA Kullar Flask

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The week before last, I popped into Ikea to look for stuff for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. It’s really hard for me to walk through the Marketplace without overdoing it. Have you seen those really cute Chinese New Year inspired dishes? Gah! Anyway, I have been desperate for a travel mug/flask forever. We have a number of plastic ones that my husband has collected over time, but I can’t stand drinking coffee out of a plastic cup. It ruins the taste, and it gives me the creeps. Ceramic mugs never keep my drinks warm long enough. I just have such struggles!

I spotted the Kullar flask immediately upon entering the mugs and flasks area. The colours are awesome. Kind of a robin’s egg/milk glass blue, with a nice red lid. For $9, I was willing to risk that it may not keep my drink warm long enough, because look at it! It looks like a perfectly preserved vintage flask, and it’s stainless steel inside. No plastic leeching weirdness.

When put to the test, the Kullar flask outdid itself.

I had tickets to see Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson last week. I was feeling under the weather, but there was no way I would miss the show!

At 5:30pm I chopped up some ginger and threw it into the flask with lemon juice and freshly boiled water, and put the lid on it. At 6:30, I left the house, got into the car, and tried to take a sip of my drink. Yowch! Too hot.

I got into Vancouver and decided to leave the flask in my car while we were at the show. After all, a cool ginger drink would be lovely on the drive home. I didn’t get back to my car until 1:30, and the drink was still hot. Piping hot!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen. The Kullar flask from Ikea is not just a good looking vessel. It also keeps your beverage hot for upwards of eight hours. I would imagine it has the same power with cold drinks, but I have yet to test that. Maybe when the snow thaws.

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Love it // Plümo Woodland Socks

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Plümo Woodland SocksSeveral years ago, I made a deal with myself that I would stop wearing whimsical socks. I’m not even sure how things got to a point where a self-intervention was needed, but it was getting a little bit embarrassing. I had all kinds of exciting (read: totally lame) socks. Socks with cats, unicorns, gingerbread men… Harry Potter socks, rainbow stripes, and socks with bobbles on the ankles. I’m actually blushing as I type this. Nightmare on Sock Street!

So for many years now, I’ve relegated myself to the plain and simple sock set up. Everything matches, it’s simple, it’s minimalist… ahhh. In fact, this has been my way of life for so long, that I almost forgot about my humiliating past! It wasn’t until I stumbled across these cute Woodland Socks from Plümo, that I unleashed some sort of inner fun-sock-lust that has been buried for nearly a decade.

But… but… these are practical socks! They’re wool, which is perfect because my poor little feet are always freezing. Oh, and another thing, they have foxes and crows on them, and a crow is almost a rook. Everyone knows you need to have whimsical socks that match your business name. It’s simply how it’s done! Isn’t it? Besides, I’m just going to wear them around the house, and inside my wellies.

You see? I can justify wearing them on so many levels. Whew. That was close though.

Cozy Days

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Cozy DaysDecember is upon us, and the urge to hunker down and bundle up becomes stronger with each passing day. These lovely things are perfect to make your heart happy on a winter day. Cuddly faux furs, soft cashmere and mohair, and all the accoutrements of winter comfort.

Clockwise from top left:

Diptyque // Feu de Bois Candle

Indigo // Faux Fur Throw

Acne // Raya SH Mohair Dove White Knit

Club Monaco // Martine Hot Water Bottle

Pendleton // Grand Lodge Mug

Nils Frahm // Spaces

Smith’s // Minted Rose Lip Balm

 

Love it // Manitobah Mukluks Storyboots

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Manitobah Mukluks StorybootsThe Storyboot Project by Manitobah Mukluks serves to help Aboriginal communities by providing income, as well as a means for the artisans to record and preserve their craft and traditions. The boots are limited editions, and there are a number of absolutely gorgeous styles to choose from. These particular boots were designed by Annie McKay, and they are just stunning.

We have a little Christmas tradition in our house. Every gets a new pair of slippers and pajamas on Christmas Eve. This year, I’m going to get moccasins from Manitobah Mukluks for everyone. The kids ones are especially cute, and I’m really happy to support Aboriginal-owned companies here in Canada.

Fox and Rook // Black Friday Sale

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Fox and Rook // Black Friday Sale

The countdown begins.

Do you go out on Black Friday? It never used to be a thing here in Canada, but it sure is now. Personally, you couldn’t pay me enough to go out tomorrow. I’ll be doing a little shopping from the comfort of my own living room. If you are so inclined, come and check out the Fox and Rook shop. Everything will be marked down by 30%, our biggest sale ever. Four days only!

Wear it // For Little Ladies

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Wear it // For Little LadiesMy five year old, who is currently wearing multi-coloured leggings, a plaid skirt, a strawberry-print pajama shirt and mis-matched socks, helped me choose these charming pieces. It’s funny, because for a short spell, I really tried to get her to dress properly. You know, in seasonally appropriate, colour coordinated clothing. It didn’t take me long to realize that she is happier wearing what she likes, and if she’s happy, I’m happy.

Occasionally, I let out a wistful sigh when I see B’s little friends, neatly attired in hip-kid outfits, chic hair accessories and darling shoes. But really, if my kid wants to have hair like Ponyo’s dad, so be it. If she wants to tie scarves around her waist and pull her socks over her leggings, that’s okay too. She’s doing her own thing, and I hope she always does.

My kid loves fashion, and despite what it might look like, she is quite picky about her clothing. Her quirky ensembles are part of her magnificent character, and I certainly wouldn’t want to change that. These little ones only get to be kids for so long. Let them dress up and have fun while they still want to.

I am quite proud of little B’s curatorial assistance with the above selections. I really love Italian children’s wear designers Babe & Tess, and what’s not to love about the children’s lines done by two of my grown-up favourites: Chloé and Isabel Marant. My little one was particularly enamoured of the Scotch & Soda beaded collar, and the Zara boots, but made it very clear that she would like to ask for all of these items for Christmas. Good luck, kiddo.

Clockwise from top left:

Scotch & Soda // Wooden Beaded Collar Necklace

Oeuf NYC // Wild Thing Crown

Chloé // Biscuit Knitted Scarf

Isabel Marant // Pop Bracelet

Zara // Leather Ankle Boots

Babe & Tess // Sleeveless Fur Style Cardigan

Caramel Baby & Child // Tyne Dress

Wear it // Black and Blue

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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!

Clockwise from top left:

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