Covet: J. Crew Fall-Winter 2015-16 Collection

Have you been following NYFW? Any favourites looks out there? While I could name a bunch of runways that had my jaw dropped and coveting a more generous clothing budget, I was especially excited about the J. Crew collection. 1) I love yellow. And, there was sooo much yellow! 2) J. Crew is practical for normal life. Good for work and play in my world. 3) The clothes on the runway are actually attainable. And, if you have a good eye, you can probably snag something on sale when it hits the stores.

Sharing some of my favourite looks from the J. Crew Fall/Winter 2015-16 runway.

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{ Umm, furry jacket. Yellow. Leopard. What’s not to love?
I might trade the open toe shoes for something closed for our colder Canadian climate. }

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{ I would never think to pair bright yellow and pale pink. But isn’t it striking? }

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{ This makes me think of the Spring/Summer Tory Burch colour palate few years back. Yellow, gold, nude, textures. This has me longing for September. }

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 { I love the fresh white pumps with colour blocking. }

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{ In all honesty, this is not something I would wear.
But, I love the mix of sequins with casual chambray. }

Sound off below and let us know what your favourite looks were on the runways this past week.

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{ Weekend Update }

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We’re feeling the winter blues over at EA and short of a trip to the Barbados, we’ll be using this weekend to rejuvenate. Few things on the go this weekend:

-Indulging in home décor magazines to reignite the creative juices
-Catching up with friends over a Winterlicious dinner
-Squeezing in a yoga class at the Yoga Sanctuary

Stay warm and let us know what you’ve been up to over the weekend.
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Au Revoir Lip Smakers

UntitledYouth of the 90’s, have you heard the news? Lip Smakers is ceasing production in North America. I have to admit I found this news tragic – that reaction might be a touch on the dramatic side…

I haven’t purchased Lip Smakers in 10 years, but Lip Smakers was like a milestone between childhood and tween/teenage years. Like really, how many of you can still remember your favourite go-to Lip Smakers flavour? Mine were Peach, Dr. Pepper and the roll-on Vanilla. I even remember experimenting with their pot of lip gloss and using it as eyeshadow. :)

Before they disappear from the shelves of drugstores, I plan on stocking up on a few sticks for nostalgia sake. Are any of you feeling equally sad about this news?

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{This Weekend}

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This about sums us up these days. We’re DESPERATE for vitamin D and we’ll take it any way we can get it. Here’s hoping for lots of sunny winter days in February. In the mean time, this is what we’ve got on tap for the weekend:

-A date to explore the Aga Khan Museum
-Major R&R at home
-Shopping for a new winter jacket
-Superbowl partying {here’s what we’re thinking of making this salad}

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,eshaandjosig

{Favourite Places} Edinburgh, Scotland

In a meditation class I was once asked to 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…

{Visit}
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}
Walks

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

{Buy}
Scotch
Harris Tweed
Vintage Cashmere***Armstrong’s

{Sleep}
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?}
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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.

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{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.

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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!

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{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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