{Favourite Places} Edinburgh, Scotland

In a meditation class I was once asked close my eyes and picture the place where I felt most serene. As my mind scanned through a kaleidoscope of images it landed on the view over Edinburgh. Picturing mossy hills, medieval tenements and the Firth of Forth Bridge brought my pulse to a standstill. In fact, from that day onward it’s been the same view I picture every time I need to find some emotional calm.

Admittedly, Edinburgh and I, we’ve had rocky romance. First love brought me to Scotland, graduate school kept me there and if it weren’t for my wonderful {now} husband, that first heartbreak might have ended my relationship with Edinburgh forever. I’m so glad to have stuck it out—after what we’ve been through, we’re tied together for life.
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IMG_5880[1]Rain, fog, hail or shine {and you’ll likely experience all in a visit} it’s just so gorgeous. Here are my favourite spots to…

Edinburgh Castle
Dean Village
Arthur’s Seat
Calton Hill
The Grassmarket
The Royal Mile
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The University of Edinburgh
Greyfriar’s Kirk {and Bobby}

Timberyard*** a must try
The Gardener’s Cottage
Mosque Kitchen
The Cumberland Bar***amazing burgers. seriously
Mary’s Milk Bar
Panda & Sons
The Sheep Heid Inn
Peter’s Yard
The Elephant House

Harris Tweed
Vintage Cashmere***Armstrong’s

Ibis Southbridge***mini rooms but great prices
AirBnB***location, location, location
The Grassmarket Hotel

If you’re planning a trip to Europe this year and haven’t already included Scotland I swear it’s worth a detour. Just one favour though. If you make it to Peter’s Yard can you grab an extra cardamom bun for your favourite e-tour guide? {A girl can try, right?}



An ACTUAL 3 Week Mani

Are you a fan of “shellac”-type manicures? I’ll admit that I’ve had some underwhelming experiences. From poor application to burned hands thanks to cheap curing machines, I was losing faith in the elusive 2-3 week manicure until I discovered Polish’d Nail Bar in Toronto’s PATH system. For little more than the cost of visiting you local nail salon ($36), you’ll get a perfect manicure using amazing colours from Artistic Nail Design and it’ll last 3 weeks. Did you read that? $36=3 weeks.


{Mani update…over a week in!}

Tip: if you’re not into the removal process with shellac, you can always book a regular manicure for $23 using on-trend polishes from Chanel and Deborah Lippman. Just be sure to e-mail or call ahead for an appointment because this spot is seriously busy. Oh, and leave yourself some time to get lost from St. Andrew Station because, well, the PATH’s an adventure like that.

If you’re headed to Polish’d don’t forget to show us your perfect nails by tagging @EshandJo on Instagram.


Holiday Uniforms

Have you started packing your clothes for the holidays? Or, if you’re staying local, trying to decide what your holiday uniform will be? I have two outfits that will be on repeat over the next two weeks. One cozy, relaxed look, and the other a multi-purpose holiday party outfit.

Untitled{ sweater / purse / mocassins / jeans (similar) }    { earrings / shoes / dress }

What’s your holiday uniform? Sound off below!



{Field Trip} 12 Trees of Christmas

Last week, EA went on a little field trip to catch the tail end of the “12 Trees of Christmas” exhibition at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Big name designers/companies set out to capture the essence of 12 Toronto neighbourhoods in specially designed holiday trees. If you’re still trimming your trees, here are a few tips we picked up:

1) Think outside the “ornament” box:



2) Tree skirts are sooo 2013:

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3) Play with colour, shape and scale:



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How amazing is that black, Chanel-style tree from Pink Tartan? Suddenly our trees are feeling pretty two dimensional! *sadface*


Gilded Touches

What I love about Pinterest is that when you take a step back and look at your boards, you can see the forest for the trees. It suddenly becomes apparent that you have a certain style or inspiration. For instance, I love anything gilded, but the other day I finally noticed how much I love gold, brass, copper and rose gold in interior design.

Here’s to hoping that these metallic touches brighten and inspire you on this gloomy day.


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{ Debit or Credit } : Espadrilles

The Sorels are finally out, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have better days on my mind. I was loving the espadrille look this past summer and was delighted to see that they look like they’ll still be going strong for next year.

What do you think, are cream espadrilles worth the splurge?

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It’s going to be a long winter if I’m already lusting for summer shoes….


20+ Target Holiday Finds

20+ Target Holiday Finds

I took a quick trip to Target yesterday and couldn’t believe how  cute everything is. I know the beloved American retailer has been a bit disappointing since launching last year, but it looks like we can start turning those frowns upside down.

Holiday decor is between 30-50% off (yay procrastination!) and there are so many great gifts from cute PJs, Orla Kiely makeup cases/fitness gear, sub-$30 NYE clutches and trendy stocking stuffers galore for the brutal-to-shop-for teens in your life.

If you’re like me and fancy a little December spruce up but can’t blow the gifts budget, the “Oh Joy” line of products make for a non-traditional festive addition to  your holiday table and the reasonably priced ottomans (I’m thinking of a pair for the end of the bed) double as additional guest seating.

Did I mention that there isn’t an item above over $79.99?! Since online shopping isn’t an option for Target Canada you’ll have to take a trip in but trust me, things are getting better.


p.s. Having trouble identifying any of the items? Drop us a note below!

Stylish Holiday Decor

I haven’t had a chance to decorate for the holidays yet, but it will be my #1 priority later this week to pull up the tree, lights, stockings, garlands and ornaments. While I don’t plan on buying new holiday decor this year, these images I’ve came across makes me want to change things up. In particular, I’m loving the striped bow on top of the tree. I think a purchase of ribbon will definitely be in the cards later this week.


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Are you inspired by any of these images? Also, question of the week: Which way do you hang your stockings? I personally always hang them like the letter “J”. Curious to know what everyone else does. Do tell!



{Lusting For…} The Fjallraven Kanken

Have you seen these backpacks? I’m fairly obsessed. I may or may not have shed a tear this summer when we finally made it to the Fjallraven store in Oslo only to discover it wasn’t open on Sundays.


Making the best of the situation, we grabbed a hot dog from the nearest corner store and did some window shopping. Even though my student days are long gone, I’m thinking I’ll ask Santa to bring me this this one. I can see it being a great weekender, sturdy hiking companion and fun alternative to a gym bag.



*Holiday shopping alert* Check out all those sizes! How cute would a mini version be for a little one in your life?