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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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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I’m thankful for my village

I’m thankful for my village

Hello, my name is Shira and I’m a control freak (hi, Shira).  I admit it. I LOVE to have my hands in all aspects of what’s going on around me.  I get an actual thrill from being able to make things work.

But if I’ve learned one thing in my 40-ish years it’s that you can’t- just. can. not- be involved in everything all the time if you want to 1. be the best – friend, family member, employer, employee, person; and 2. keep your sanity.   This is by far the biggest lesson of 2017 for me.  Yes, whilst I suppose I’d always known this at some level (in other words, I had been told many times but it hadn’t really successfully sunk in before), the past 12 months of developing and launching Handled has driven the point home in a profound way.

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The Globe And Mail: Looking for that special luxury item? Here’s how to find it online

While the rest of the world was clicking through holiday wish lists, the luxury-goods market was reluctant to come around to e-commerce.  Indeed there are still some holdouts that have yet to make themselves available online. But in 2017 the Internet has become a great place to find the most luxurious, thoughtful and unique gifts for your loved ones, and typically boasts more options that you can find in person.

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