{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:

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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*

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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….

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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.

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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!

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{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.

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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.

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

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Either you like being alone, or you shudder at the thought. Don’t get me wrong, I like being social and going out, but I also really covet my alone time. If you’re in that category as well, you know this is cherished time to unabashedly eat and do anything you like.

Things on my to do list when I’m home alone:

1. Eat Mr. Noodles for dinner (with a side of sour keys).
2. Watch reruns of my favourite episodes of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl.
3. Talk to my dog.
4. Organize drawers and clear clutter.
5. Catch-up on magazines.
6. Listen to music (and sing along) on full blast.
7. Dive into the novel on my bedside table.
8. Walk around in lounge wear and my favourite high heels.
9. Practice pirouettes wearing wool socks on slippery tiles.
10. Fall asleep on the couch.

Can you relate to anything on my list? Do tell.

What are your favourite things to do when you’re home alone?

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PSA: Wear Mittens

I remember when growing up I hated wearing mitts. They felt childish and juvenile. But, in my late 20’s I rediscovered and embraced mittens. Maybe it’s walking and taking public transport everywhere, or the colder temperatures, but gloves just won’t cut it anymore. I don’t care what you say, even the warmest gloves will eventually lead to numb fingers. So, I say: Wear Mittens.

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And not just any mittens, but Aritiza’s mittens. I kid you not, they are the best. They are fleece lined, inexpensive and have a wide range of on trend colours. If you can’t be convinced and knitted mitts just aren’t your thing, check out these ones from Rudsak. They are quite possibly the most bad a$$ mitts I’ve ever seen.

Stay warm friends (and wear mittens)!

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These Boots Were Made for Walking

I still have vacation on my brain, but reluctantly I finally packed away all my sandals. Tragic.

My dislike of winter footwear is apparent since I’m always slow to embrace vital winter purchases. Like I only purchased sorels last year when the polar vortex showed no signs of relenting, so options were limited in-store. However, this year, I’m in need of some booties and I want to make sure I get a pair I love. What I’m in the market for: booties that (i) I can wear to work, (ii) wear out, and (iii) actually walk in. No need for sky high heels, cause I’m bound to bail on black ice walking into a restaurant. Also, other requirement: no black.

Here are few picks that have made it onto my radar.

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What do you think? Should I bite the bullet on one of these?

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Try It! { Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – Toronto }

A juicy goodness-knows-how big steak conjures images of mobsters, Old Hollywood and and robust men who buy and sell small countries before I eat breakfast.

Frankly, The Keg usually does the job if I’m looking for a red wine/red meat kind of meal but last month’s dinner was different–we had a milestone to celebrate! My brother turned 21 and being a reserved kind of guy, didn’t want a party or any fuss. We couldn’t let the occasion pass and decided to take him out for a serious man’s meal.

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Jacob’s knocked his socks off. The meat aging locker, the tableside caesar salad prep and the bright modern space kind of blew his mind. I’m pretty sure we impressed upon him the virtues of higher education the moment we settled into one of the mammoth horseshoe booths.

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 Our waitress {and my awesome friend Amy} gave us great ordering tips I wanted to pass along. Firstly, steaks can be shared which is a good thing since they’re the cost of the prince’s ransom. Secondly, it’s a great idea to consider getting at least two steaks of the same cut to compare types of beef/meat aging. We were all a little floored by the contrast between USDA Prime Black Angus T-Bone from North Dakota, buttery with a carpaccio-like rare texture and the gamey, grass-fed Hereford Prime from High River Alberta {aged 60 and 48 days respectively}. Both were amazing cuts but I likely wouldn’t have appreciated the mind-blowing Prime Angus without experiencing the Hereford.

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We had a whopping 50 oz of steak {well, minus the Fred Flinstone bones} so sides were really more of an afterthought. I would say that the Caesar and duck fat frites aren’t to be missed but most other options just serve as distractions from phenomenal steak. Finally, if you’re trying to find ways to manage the excessive amount of food and the corresponding damage to your wallet, sides can be halved and the cheddar popovers are practically meal-sized.

All-in-all we had a lovely meal and would make our way back again if the occasion {or steak craving} warranted it. Hmm…oddly enough, writing this post has set my stomach rumbling. Go figure?

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