Dec 152017
 

It’s the holiday season and for all of us that means shopping and presents – from toys, electronics and clothing to decor and the food I’ll be serving while entertaining. The average Canadian is planning to spend approximately $1400 celebrating this holiday season so every dollar saved counts! For my family and I the holidays mean Christmas so that means before I started my Christmas shopping I headed to RetailMeNot.ca (here) to find the best promo codes and deals.

What I like is that all the top deals are shown on the main page. All you have to do is scroll to see the entire list. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Today’s Top Coupons scroll further and you’ll find a list of the most popular stores like Hudson’s Bay, Indigo, Amazon.ca and more.

The RetailMeNot.ca site is set up to be user friendly and you can navigate through it easily. Looking for a specific retailer? Just type in the name in the Search option.

It’s important to keep organized and stretch every dollar because of everything Christmas entails – gifts for friends and family and decor and all the trimmings you need for entertaining. This site offers you a portal for the long list of items you need (and some you just want) and reminds you of all the options you have – options to help you save on every dollar you spend.

RetailMeNot has also created tips on how to become a savvy holiday spender:

  1. Make your list and check it twice – 43% of Canadians Admit to overspending on gifts, so in order to avid the January credit card bills blues – organization is your friend! Stay on track with your holiday gifting by creating a list of all the people you need to by for and your maximum budget for each gift. Having everything planned out will ensure you are in control of how all the costs are adding up.
  2. Stack your savings – if your favourite store is having a sale, that’s great, but don’t stop there! Stack your savings. Simply look for promo or coupon codes on RetailMeNot.ca to take additional dollars off your total.
  3. Be part of the club – singing up for a newsletter or mailing list can provide additional savings, especially around the holidays. For example, by creating an account at Club Monaco, or joining the A List at Aldo, you can save 15% on your first online purchase.
  4. It pays to shop around – Have you found that perfect item? Price check your desired gift with other retailers to ensure you are getting the best deal. Many retailers will price match so it pas to do a little homework.
  5. Social shopping – For real time sale updates, follow some of your favourite retailers on social media. Many use their social channels to feature sales and discounts. Who knows, you may get a little gift inso as well.

For the latest holiday dead on everything from gifts to decor, check out RetailMeNot.ca

This post was sponsored by RetailMeNot.ca. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

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 December 15, 2017  Posted by on December 15, 2017 No Responses »
Dec 142017
 

When I first put this red sweater on it reminded me of the 80s. Big shoulders and sleeves. My mother used to rock sweaters like this and I’m just continuing the legacy.


Outfit Details – Sweater, Ann Taylor (here, other great options here, here, here) || Skirt, Marks & Spencer || Shoes, Manolo Blahnik || Handbag, D&G

 

 December 14, 2017  Posted by on December 14, 2017 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Dec 122017
 

I take my pictures in batches – my photographer and I meet for a period of time and I go through all my outfits. Why am I telling you this? Well for those of you who know that I live in Toronto you’re going to ask where is the snow? It’s in town but not in my photos.

Today is an exercise in neutrals. Mixing neutrals is easy – do it in threes. Mix 3 neutral colours. I am wearing camel, cream and grey. It is a soft palette and easy to replicate.

For those women who work in a cold office building wraps are a great blanket and fashion statement. I wish I was kidding but not.


Outfit details – Pants, Ann Taylor (here) || Blouse, Ann Taylor (old but great option here, here & here) || Wrap, Ann Taylor (here, great options here, here & here) || Shoes, Banana Republic (old, great option here)

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 December 12, 2017  Posted by on December 12, 2017 No Responses »
Dec 042017
 

Every season many of us blogger/stylists/editors get some great perks and are gifted the latest winter coats. I’m going to review my two favourite.

Woods Moraine Down Bomber

The Moraine Bomber was built to keep you warm and dry even in the harshest winter conditions and apparently this winter is going to be a Canadian classic. The impenetrable waterproof and windproof Sympatex® membrane keeps the cold, wet weather out, while the all-natural water-repellent DownTek™ goose down means that warmth and comfort is never scarified.

Two oversized fleece-lined pockets will keep your hands warm when on the go.

Essentials will stay safe and secure inside the jacket’s three weather-resistant zipped pockets.

The removable fur hood trim allows for a customizable look, with both style and function in mind. Elastic pull tabs allow you to adjust the tightness of the hood.

Available here.

 

The North Face Cyros GTX Triclimate

Ready to mix and match according to the weather conditions, this 3-in-1 jacket pairs a weatherproof Gore-Tex® outer shell with an zip-in liner jacket that’s insulated with 800-fill goose down. The Cryos Collection delivers maximum warmth and protection. This coat is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) by Control Union. The North Face is committed to creating cruelty free products.

Winter coats can be bulky this one has elasticated baffles for shaping and mobility and special armhole construction to maximize mobility and minimize bulk.

 The stormflap covers the two-way, AquaGuard® center front zip. This two way-way zipper makes it easier when you sit down to drive.

 Really great winter coats have added features that us mere mortals wouldn’t think about like snap side vents for mobility and access to pant pockets and drop tail hems for added (bum) coverage.

The fully adjustable hood with removable, faux-fur ruff attaches to outer shell. Find out more about this coat here.

 December 4, 2017  Posted by on December 4, 2017 Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Nov 302017
 

I’m hosting a contest with Mark’s! To enter, leave a comment on my Facebook post regarding what’s your favourite item that I featured in the video.

Click here to enter.

Contest Details:

The contest opens today, December 7, 2017 and closes on December 13, 2017 at 6PM EST.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The contest is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). Prize is awarded randomly. No purchase necessary. Winner will be contacted via email or social media.

 November 30, 2017  Posted by on November 30, 2017 8 Responses »
Nov 232017
 

 

I have too many shoes said No. Woman. Ever. See some of my favourite pics from Mark’s. Just remember comfort and style are possible. I’ve selected shoes that you can wear from 9 to 5 and others from 5 to 9.

What I’m wearing:
Long Sleeve PU Trim Cardigan – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-long-sleeve-pu-tri…
Studded T-Shirt – https://www.marks.com/en/dh3-studded-t-shirt-91400.html…
Women’s Larissa Lace Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-larissa-lace-boots-91647.…
Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans – https://www.marks.com/…/levis-slimming-skinny-jeans-90506.h…
Ruffle Sleeve Bow Blouse – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-ruffle-sleeve-bow-…

Shown in the video:
Women’s Megan Heel Booties – https://www.marks.com/…/sung-alfred-sung-womens-megan-heel-…
Women’s Quad Comfort Sofia Leather Ankle Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/denver-hayes-womens-quad-comfort-so…
Women’s Larissa Lace Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-larissa-lace-boots-91647.…
Women’s Sara Criss Cross Gusset Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-sara-criss-cross-gusset-b…
Women’s Tamara Buckle Strap Ankle Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/dh-womens-tamara-buckle-strap-ankle…
Women’s Atlantic Heights Chelsea Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/timberland-womens-atlantic-heights-…
Women’s Magby Low Chelsea Boots – https://www.marks.com/…/timberland-womens-magby-low-chelsea…

 

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 November 23, 2017  Posted by on November 23, 2017 1 Response »
Nov 222017
 

I love the holiday season – parties, shopping for gifts, all the baking (I buy it) and the music. What I don’t like is how busy the malls get, how all the parking spots I find are kilometres away, how I have to wrap all my presents, fight all the crowds while carrying all my packages and how exhausting it all can be.

Enter the Avion Holiday boutique in Yorkdale.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale. Over the past 5 years, the boutique has hosted more than 190,000 guests, wrapped more than 44,000 gifts, checked 40,000 coats and parked more than 36,000 cars. Honestly, for me this is one of the bright spots in all of the holiday mayhem. It is tranquility in this busy season.

I was invited to an exclusive media preview of the Avion Holiday Boutique on November 15th. Now I have been several times before (I even hosted one media event) and it is a favourite of mine, this kicks off the holiday season for me. All invited guests had access to all the complimentary perks that Avoiners have:

  • – Valet parking
  • – Gift wrapping
  • – Coat and parcel check
  • – VIP lounge and cafe
  • – Porter service
  • – Virtual reality experience
  • – Avion Passport App, which maximizes your boutique experience and provides access to RBC Rewards and partner offers

With all the perks offered I am most excited for:

  • 1. Valet parking – no more treks through the parking wilderness.
  • 2. Coat and parcel check – I have holiday shopping and Cityline makeovers to do which means lots of package to lug around.
  • 3. Gift Wrapping – 4 kids, 8 nieces and nephews, 2 Godchildren and lots more people to shop for.
  • 4. VIP Lounge and cafe – enjoying a coffee while I sit in comfort in the Boutique.

The above perks make shopping (and work) during the holidays enjoyable. A great space for Avoiners to enjoy a coffee or tea, get their gifts wrapped and check their bulky coats. Visiting the busiest mall in Canada isn’t a humbug when you have an Avion card in your wallet.

This post was sponsored by RBC. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

 

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 November 22, 2017  Posted by on November 22, 2017 2 Responses »
Nov 212017
 

We all celebrate the big things, whether they be holidays, birthdays or anniversaries. These celebrations are attached to certain dates and there is a good amount of planning that goes into these celebrations. Today I’m celebrating the little things with Tostitos, the little wins for moms and dads – my two youngest boys emptied the dishwasher and filled it without being told, my oldest son wakes up every morning on his own and my daughter got the highest mark in her grade for a University of Waterloo Math competition.

These achievements don’t happen on a specific date but when they happen we all see reason to cheer. I didn’t take time planning something extravagant, I gathered my children, added in several of their friends, looked into my pantry and had help from Tostitos to make a regular PA day into a little nacho party. I din’t want to spend the entire time in the kitchen making everything. I wanted to get in on the fun and be silly with the kids. They are getting older and times like these will be fewer and fewer.

Tostitos provided the nachos, salsa, some decorations (that fell into some salsa when the kids were decorating) and a few easy recipes. I decided to make Cheesy Sriracha and Cauliflower Nachos Recipe (online here) because I had cauliflower, Sriracha and shredded cheese in my fridge. It was easy to make and I would have never thought about added cauliflower to any nacho recipe.

The kids loved the nachos especially my picky daughter. One more recipe to add to the arsenal.

We also discovered new favourite nacho chips and the consensus was we loved Tostitos Hint of Jalapeño Tortilla Chips and Tostitos Rolls Tortilla Chips.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to celebrate the little things, those small wins, head to Tostitos.ca (here). Tostitos has a whole section on its website dedicated to recipes (here) and offer you options – sweet to savoury, apps and desserts, they have something for whatever mood you’re in. I’ve already found several ones I plan on trying.

This post is sponsored by Tostitos. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

 

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