Family trips to extend the holiday feeling

Family trips to extend the holiday feeling

It might be popular to pack up the family and head to an all-inclusive over Christmas break but there’s more than one way to get away during the holiday season.

In fact, we’re big fans of spending the holidays at home and then beating those post-holiday blues with “weekend getaways” so we can have mini-vacations all winter long!

We set off looking for some family-friendly, if lesser considered, adventures to extend your holiday feelings well into the winter months.

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Favourite Clients to Secret Santa: Our Best Gifts for your Work List

Favourite Clients to Secret Santa: Our Best Gifts for your Work List

There’s just something about “Office Presents” that makes most people’s eyes roll. It’s an involuntary reaction, obvi, because everyone loves receiving gifts – so why do people seem to groan at the thought of presents at work?

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Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

We don’t know about you, but when we turn the page on our sassy Anne Taintor calendar to December there’s an automatic catch in our throats. Anxiety, panic, perhaps the sliiiiightest twinge of concern about how to get it all done – without getting done in…

Who isn’t trying to negotiate obligations with work, friends, family? The holiday work/life balance struggle is real.  

If only there were more hours in the day…

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5 Gifts That Are 500% Better Than a Pack of Movie Tickets

5 Gifts That Are 500% Better Than a Pack of Movie Tickets

There’s a special special zone for those people impact your life more intimately than say your colleagues or boss could, but less so than your closest friends or family.

People like your best referral sources, most significant clients, your mentor/mentee, your housekeeper, your hairstylist, your manicurist, your dog sitter – you know, the go-to people that make up your “I can’t live without them” Team. Continue reading “5 Gifts That Are 500% Better Than a Pack of Movie Tickets”

How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

We’re now into December which means the music in the malls is on perpetually looped holiday jazz standards and everything’s being draped in the ole red, white, and green (and if we’re really lucky, silver and gold, too). For some of us, there’s no better time of year!

For many others, the holiday season marks a particularly slippery emotional slope marked by dread, anxiety, and depression. Not to be a downer, but sometimes even for those who normally look forward to the holidays, the sheer intensity of it all can result in exhaustion, resentment, and obligation. Continue reading “How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright”

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

How To Look Great for a 15-Hour Day

A long workday is one thing, but when the holidays approach it’s not just those extra days in the office, it’s the festive lunch, the client entertainment, the kids’ school concert, and the corporate party that make keeping up your best that much more of a conundrum.

For the season that has you running from one thing to another, from dawn until dusk, something must be done to keep you looking and feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed – instead of roadkill run ragged.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves for helping you maintain your good cheer – and good looks – during the long days ahead. And, they can all be done in a bathroom break – which is great, because we bet that’s all you’ve got time for!

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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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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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