Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

The very definition of luxury, customization shows a level of attention to detail that stops people in their tracks. What began in ancient Rome and Greece as a way for one ruler to literally leave his mark and identify his reign, monogramming then evolved to become an identifier of one’s art, writing, and property. Later, during the Victorian era, monogramming became a symbol of aristocracy with embroidered initials on linens, engraved monograms on silverware. Then, when the masses joined in, they translated the idea of the monogram into more useful items like sealing stamps.

No matter how many centuries have been and gone, monogramming, personalization, and customization still hold as much allure and excitement as ever. In fact, monogramming and personalization have been amongst the hottest trends of the year!

We know you can handle a bathrobe or a throw blanket, and hey, we would never turn those babies down! But if ever there was a time to upgrade, it’s now. So, because you’re about to be The. Best. Gift. Giver. EVER, we wanted to set you up with our favourite – and most surprising – personalizable gifts of the year….

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The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

We’re always looking for efficiency, for style, for the best ways to get the most out of life. Why? Well because we want to savour experiences as we live them, without too much fuss, without getting caught up in minutiae – but certainly, and always, with style.

Of course, it has taken us years to develop some of the techniques we now use for ourselves and with our clients to create this kind of ease. And, that’s particularly true when it comes to the necessities of work travel. Surely you remember when work travel was brand new for you? The excitement of being paid to go somewhere new! The jetset feeling of popping in and out of airports and cities where soon you became ‘a regular.’ And all the while, constantly forgetting one thing or another, buying multiples because hey, forgot again! And trying to figure out exactly how to have a robust enough wardrobe while maintaining a carry-on lifestyle but always ending up with the most ‘versatile’ aka boring items in your closet because “black always matches.”

Well, we’re here to shake that up for you. In our post on Airport Style we revealed the simple formula we use to create flattering, comfortable, stylish outfits for the days when you’re actually in travel-mode.

Here, we’ll expand on those principals and create The Ultimate Work/Travel Wardrobe Capsule you’ve ever packed! Continue reading “The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe”

Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

If there’s one thing we can’t stand, it’s the frequency with which we see travelers arriving at the airport in their pajamas.

Ok, they might not actually be their pjs, but arriving to the airport in workout gear and sweats is tantamount to showing up at a restaurant in your bathrobe. It’s a little too casual for our liking. Continue reading “Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever”

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Yves Saint Laurent once said “fashions fade – but style is eternal.”

We’ve found that somewhere – deep in the recesses of our individual style histories – there’s always just one thing that stands out in our minds as a crucial element or objet that highlighted a turning point in defining our personal style.

The subject of this Just One Thing Interview is our very own Laura Kartonchik – whose months-long dream of a particular pair of dove grey suede pumps served as opening statement to developing her own Signature Style.

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A year of Handled

A year of Handled

Raquel and Laura reporting to duty from our favourite little Queen Street East cafe, Sweat and Soda. We are sitting here with our fearless leader, Shira Yoskovitch. In case you hadn’t heard, she is the Founder and CEO of Handled Concierge Services. We had a lovely chat leading up to Handled’s one year anniversary, turning the tables on our vibrant leader by putting her in the hot seat for a series of questions. Read below, you know you want to. Continue reading “A year of Handled”

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

It’s so much fun when you meet a *true* badass.  A Boss.  There, I said it.  Because they make us better people. They get it– what it takes to achieve your goals, how you can make things better for the world around you, that you can have a good, solid, full body laugh at yourself in the process.  They are completely unapologetic for who they are and how they got there.  And they bring the rest of us along for the ride.

That’s Azadeh Boroumand in a nutshell.  She’s a mom, a wife, a role model, a Personal Trainer, a CrossFit Games competitor, a tireless advocate for true wellness.  Yup, a Boss. Continue reading “Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back”

Our Best Dad Memories

Our Best Dad Memories

Father’s Day has us thinking about our dads- what they’ve taught us, shown us, and embedded deep into our psyches. Much as we’d like to think otherwise (because really, we all want it to look easy, don’t we?), it took LOTS of hard work to get us here & make us the women that we are today, and our dads are central figures in that journey. Laura, Raquel & Shira share some of their best memories of their incredible dads and some favorite lessons learned along the way. Continue reading “Our Best Dad Memories”

Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

With the season of award shows, the Tony’s 2018 bring the Theatrics, and we are not just talking musical numbers of self-proclaimed losers, MSD’s Seasons of Love, or Bobby D telling us what he really thinks about the current state of politics. We’re talking shimmer, chiffon, crimson red, divas, diamonds and dashing ensembles. Continue reading “Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards”

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

When we started The Self-Care Experiment we wanted to give all of us the opportunity to see what could happen if we truly prioritized self-care. Not just the physical stuff and certainly not the quick-fix spa day or mini-break types (although sign us up because nobody’s saying no to that!), but the more every day, routine kinds of things that we thought might have an impact on our day-to-day lives. Things we felt were feasible to accomplish for the mind, body, and spirit. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

We couldn’t agree more that the benefits of meditating are boundless for the mind and spirit. But, the level of practice and discipline that meditation requires to quiet that ‘monkey mind’ can be daunting. It’s not like we haven’t tried. As kids we were naturally drawn to it – albeit unknowingly – and created made up guided visualizations that we would solemnly lead each other through before bedtime at overnight camp (remember listening to your cabin-mate as they led the rest of the kids through relaxing each body part from toes to head? Surprise, that was guided meditation). Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away”