The Friday Five: Cozy Comfort

Although it’s still winter, and I would much prefer it to be over already, the colder temperatures mean that we can hygge for a little while longer. Get cozy. Stay warm. And maybe treat yourself to something special this weekend.

Vince sweater, $148USD (on sale)

Kate Spade votive, $35

Hudson’s Bay blanket, $450-$550

pointelle reading socks, $34.50

spiced white hot chocolate, recipe via Jacquelyn Clark

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Friday Five: White Hot at Anthropologie

The Anthropologie catalogue arrived last week, and it got me drooling! The store is so full of goodness. While not everything suits my style, I do appreciate Anthro’s overall aesthetic. And the pieces that I have picked out in the past for my home and wardrobe have definitely become some of my favourite items.

These five pieces have caught my summer-loving attention.

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Quinn poplin shirt dress, 1 by O’2nd, $178

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Josie poplin dress, Blue Tassel, $138

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AG prima jeans, AG, $178

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Teva universal slides, Teva, $60
(I don’t particularly like these, but I do find it interesting that Teva is making a comeback. I lived in Teva shoes when I was a teen.)

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lotus platter, $28

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Marketplace: Spring at TJX Canada

Many of you most likely know that Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls brands are united under the TJX Canada umbrella. I don’t know about you, but I make just-about-weekly visits to one, if not all three, of these stores. The deals are great, the selection is diverse, and I generally find what I’m looking for…and then some.

If you’re eager for spring’s arrival, it might be wise to pay a visit to one of these stores to start your spring shopping. While the selection varies in each store, I’m sure you’ll find something on trend for your home or wardrobe.

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jewelled earrings, $29.99

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structured boustier, $49.99

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metallic velcro sneakers, $79.99

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saddle bag, $69.99

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embossed mini skirt, $399.99 (I love love love this!)

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embossed shorts, $16.99

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lace peasant dress, $99.99

From Marshalls:

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two-in-one sweatshirt dress, $399.99 (I love love love this, too!)

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silver paillette dress, $129.99

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beaded slip dress, $169.99

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eyelet lace blouse, $39.99

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platform lugg sole sandal, $79.99

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textured leather shoulder bag, $129.99

Finally, from HomeSense:

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driftwood base table lamp, $69.99

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accent table, $129.99

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textured vase, $39.99

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retro-inspired 3-piece chat set, $149.99

What do you usually buy at Winners, Marshalls, or HomeSense? What will you be hunting for this spring?

 

Fashion: L.L.Bean Wellies

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the seam on one of my (insert name of famous brand) rain boots had come apart. Not a cut, not a rip, but an actual seam ungluing (I know that’s not a word, but hopefully you know what I mean). I was disappointed with my interaction with the company’s customer service department, and I received no response from the PR person. So…let’s just say that I’ve left that company very unimpressed.

But, this story has a very happy ending, so please read on…

After putting the call out on Twitter for rain boot recommendations, Meagan (Row House Nest) let me know that she has had amazing experience with L.L.Bean, and L.L.Bean’s Twitter person responded, too. Within minutes, I was browsing L.L.Bean’s wellie selection (and then got side-tracked by the luggage*, as one does!). When I reached out to L.L.Bean, the company generously offered to send over a pair of boots and wellie socks, and I was thrilled!

LLBean-wellie-rain boots LLBean-wellie-warmersI opted for the tall black version, although I think the brown wellies are quite nice for fall

I used L.L.Bean‘s online customer service chat function a couple of times before I placed my order because I wanted to be sure I was ordering the right size. The service personnel were efficient, pleasant, and professional. My questions were answered in no-time.

Did you know that L.L.Bean now delivers to Canada for free? I think this is amazing news. My rain boots were delivered right to my doorstep within just a few short days. The size was true to what I learned on the website and via the customer service chat.

Everything about this transaction was so smooth (and I’m not just saying that because I have a new pair of wellies to wear), and I’m happy to share my experiences with you.

Some companies just get it, you know?**

Anyhoo, so, now that I have a new pair of wellie rain boots and wellie warmers, I thought it might be appropriate to put together some L.L.Bean fantasy outfits.

LLBean-White-Cabana-1outfit 1: ultra warm coat – long, French sailor’s shirt, ultrawarm hat, ultrawarm mittens, corduroy pantsLLBean-White-Cabana-2outfit 2: signature ponte leggings, pima cotton cardiganpima cotton tee long sleeve crewneck, boat and tote, heritage wool mittens, ultrawarm hatLLBean-White-Cabana-3outfit 3: signature print tee, corduroy pantsadventure duffle, ultralight 850 down coat, fitbit, polartech touchscreen gloves

Even for the not-so-outdoorsy-or-adventurous person (ahem – me), I could definitely see myself in these L.L.Bean outfits. They’d be good for casual walks or social visits. What do you think?

* I have owned this rolling duffle bag for years now, and it’s served me extremely well. I’d highly recommend it.
** I’m even more picky about companies and customer service now that I’m doing an MBA degree. My expectations were always high, but they’re even higher now. I’m can definitely be a tough one to please!

Thanks to L.L.Bean for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Marketplace: Gift Ideas from GOOP

Gwyneth Paltrow’s team over at GOOP have curated a pretty interesting selection of items in the GOOP gift guides. I mean, gold dumbbells ($125K!), $2500 gilded playing cards, and this price-upon-request Victoria Arduino coffee machine. Really? I found it pretty amusing that these things were right there alongside the affordable LL Bean tote and this $5 evil eye bracelet.

Here are some of the extravagant items that caught my eye.

hg147019selenite fireplace logs, $330

CEMI15TOO313_TRA_1toothpaste squeezer, $244

GOOP_flight_pack_6_0347_1024x1024flight pack, $185

315YAaiZVLL._SX450_noise cancelling headphones, $260

644417_in_xlt-shirt, $280

 

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