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Holiday Gift Guide – Glamour Within Reach

I always approach gift giving as somewhat of a treasure hunt. But finding that special something for that special someone – and staying on budget – is not always an easy task. I love finding small gems, sometimes literally like these agate arrowhead napkin rings by Mapleton Drive. These are definitely one of my absolute favorite items that I have come across this holiday season. They are guaranteed to elevate any table setting. A set of four will cost you $99 US.

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peek inside brika’s new holiday pop-up in toronto

If you’ve ever browsed the well-crafted goods featured on BRIKA (a curated version of Etsy), chances are the Toronto-based online retailer has since become a favourite shopping destination. Now, to make the holidays a little brighter, the founders have set up a 3,000-square-foot pop-up shop at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
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places to go, people to see: toronto food and wine festival

Summer may be over, but outdoor festival season (yes, that’s a thing!) isn’t over just yet. Tomorrow through Sunday, the first Toronto Food & Wine Festival will be held at Evergreen Brickworks. If the event’s trendy locale and inviting name aren’t intriguing enough, allow me to name drop: Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Antonio Park, Roger Mooking – these celebrity chefs and many more will showcase their skills and divulge expect tricks during live demonstrations. And when you’re positively salivating, taste your way through the 130 booths to sample some of the city’s best eats and bevvies. Here’s a glance of what’s in store.

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Buttermilk biscuit with egg by Brad Long of Café Belong.

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five blankets for fall that deliver beauty and balmy bliss

One of the most worthwhile investments you can make at this time of year is a beautiful wool throw or blanket for your home. Wool fabrics have greater bulk, allowing them to hold air in and act as great insulators. Another great quality of wool is that is it hypoallergenic.

A well-made wool blanket will last you a lifetime. Here are five blankets that will not only look great in your home but will make you feel just as great as you snuggle your way into the cooler seasons ahead.

 

The Crux Blanket & The Cross Blanket by Pia Wallen

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The Crux Blanket, image courtesy of www.homeagination.com

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Have we been pronouncing IKEA wrong this whole time?

Is it my North American twang or a monkey-see-monkey-do effect? Whether I’m trained by mimicking commercials or we’re all seriously lacking a Swedish dialect, my world has been rocked after watching this adorable new IKEA kitchen commercial from Malaysia.

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Did you hear it?

In presenting their new 2016 catalogue, the narrator pronounces IKEA as “Ick-kee-ya”. Meanwhile, here I’ve been saying “eye-kee-ya” my whole life! Where and when did “ick” become “eye’?

How do YOU pronounce IKEA?

shop in newfoundland ~ part two

As the days get shorter and the air is cooler, I now cherish the bright and warm coastal weather I loved during my visit to Newfoundland in July.  I took you on a tour at Home on Water Street last week and today, I have one more shopping destination for you in St. John’s: SAM Design.

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gold home office accessories

gold-macbook-home-office It seems more and more people are working from home these days. Whether you’re a blogger who works at home full-time or have an office job where you’re able to work from home occasionally, a dedicated home office space will help you stay organized and efficient.

I needed to upgrade my old laptop recently and decided on the chic new gold MacBook from Apple. With a new gold computer, I’ve also decided it’s time to give my home office a facelift. (Any excuse for a bit of redecorating!) Using my laptop as the jumping off point, I’m scouring pretty gold home office accessories to complete the look. Here’s how my home office is coming together:
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10 best gifts for your summer hosts

Summer’s the time for weekend getaways, visiting out-of-town family and friends and taking trips to the cottage. Here’s a round up of fun gifts to give to the host with the most.

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editor’s pick: cookina mats

June is the height of grilling season and, as I wrote in the June Housekeeping column, diligently cleaning your barbecue grills is key to producing mouth-watering eats – or so I thought. I’m a lover of a juicy shortcut, and Cookina grilling sheets offer just that: The reusable flexible mats can be placed right over the grills and cooked upon up to 550° F.  The grills themselves remain in pristine condition (no need to scrub burnt-on food off with a heavy-duty metal-bristled brush) and there is no issue with juices dripping into the interior of the grill. What’s more, the mats’ non-stick surfaces mean you can skip the cooking oil, and a quick wipe is all it takes to cue up the ‘cue from meats to veggies or fruits without any flavour transfer. They even come with ridges for those all-important grill marks! When you’re done, just wash with dish soap and warm water, dry and roll them up for simple out-of-the-way storage. Happy grilling, everyone!

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Have you tried this innovative product? Tell me all about it, and share your results on social media with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill. 

 

order in the media room

No matter how well decorated, a media room or office loses its style factor once you factor in the colony of tech boxes connected to the TV or computer by a tangle of cords. Whether it’s the cable box or game console, the internet router or an external hard drive, what the tech lover in you craves, the decorator in you hates. That’s why I’m thrilled to have chanced upon HIDEit Mounts. The company makes affordable discreet holders for all those ugly tech accessories that you can mount up and out of the way. Some are made to hide on the wall behind your flatscreen, others can hang off your monitor. All of them solve the issue of unattractive electronics cluttering precious console and desktop space – because after all, those zones are best reserved for the likes of a pretty vase of flowers or a picture frame holding a sentimental snapshot. Am I right?

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