The Friday Five: Puzzles

Over the holidays, I saw many real and Instagram friends share images of puzzles they were working on. I love that people do puzzles! As a kid, I loved them, but I don’t remember when I last did a puzzle. But what a great activity for cozy, snowy winter days.

phrenology puzzle, $15.76USD

pure white hell puzzle, $37.62CAD (this one has 1000 pieces; there’s a 2000-piece version, too)

monstera leaf puzzle, $14.87USD

gradient puzzle, $30.20USD

map puzzle, $49.95USD

Marketplace: Dish Drainers

January is a great time to tidy up, to organize, and to say goodbye to things you no longer use or no longer work. While I aim to do this regularly throughout the year, it doesn’t always happen, so January gives me the push I need to take on organizational projects and to assess what items I might need to keep things looking good and working hard.

One of the things that I think I’ll need soon is a dish drainer. I do like my current dish drainer quite a bit actually, but it’s looking worn these days. I wouldn’t be opposed to buying an exact duplicate, but I am also curious as to what other cool, effective designs exist. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far. 

Alessi drainer and tray, $135.96USD

Tosca dish rack, $99.95CAD

Guzzini dish drainer, 37 (this is the one I currently own and really like)

Yamazaki dish rack, $45.50CAD

grass drying rack, $16.99CAD

Joseph Joseph dish rack, $48.51CAD

Marketplace: Holiday Cookie Jars

Are you a holiday baker? And where do you store all of your baked goods? If you’re looking for a festive container, maybe one of these will interest you. I think the cottage is especially sweet.

Santa cookie jar, winter cottage cookie jar, holiday tree cookie jar, Christmas cookie jar, Santa cookie jar, snowflake cookie jar

The Friday Five: Fancy Footwork

This Friday has come around very quickly. For no reason in particular, this week has just gone by in a flash. Waterloo is now covered in a blanket of snow, which, yes, is pretty, but reminds me that this is the first of many snowfalls from now until March. Sigh. It is also a sign that the holidays – and parties – are right around the corner. Anyone need a new pair of fancy shoes for such parties? If so, have a look at this stunning collection of sparkling footwear.

Alexander McQueen

Jessica Simpson

Jeffrey Campbell

Isabel Marant

 

Russel & Bromley

Marketplace: Lovely Lucite

How many times have I featured lucite here on this blog? Many, many, I know! But, the thing is, lucite has been around in home and fashion for years, and there’s no sign of an upcoming exit. Lucite pieces are flexible because they match any decor. A side table or console just easily blend into any style, and because the pieces are light, they give the eye a break from other furnishings, colours, wallpapers, etc. Lucite also reflects light nicely, so in a rather dark room, lucite pieces are used to bring in some brightness.

bar cart, $399USD, West Elm

Antonio chair, $439USD, CB2

lucite bed, $5000+USD, Anthropologie

lucite squirrel, $441USD, 1st Dibs

acrylic towel bar, $34.95USD, CB2

floor lamp, $299USD, CB2

In fashion, lucite pieces are light and flexible. Again, they work with a variety of outfits and styles, and you can add as much or as little as you like into your wardrobe. A stacked set of lucite bangles or lucite drop earrings are striking against a solid or colourful backdrop of clothing.

lucite drop earrings, $38 USD, Bauble Bar

Lucite bag, $88USD, Anthropologie

Lena drop earrings, $15USD, Bauble Bar

lucite hoop earrings, $206USD, Macy’s

 

Alexis Bittar lucite bangle, $98USD, The Real Real

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