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Gift Guide Day 1: A Gift that Gives Back (+Giveaway!)

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Today’s gift focuses on what’s truly important this time of year: spreading love and care.  And, when you gift someone you love (or yourself) with this gorgeous Palmwood Diamond Pendant from This Counts, 25% of the proceeds are donated to Make A Wish Canada to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Made of palm wood and resin diamond on a metal chain, this necklace proves even more beautiful when you know that you can change and enrich lives by wearing it.

I’ve blogged about This Counts previously, and how a portion of the sale of every single item on their site goes to a charity supported by the retailer.  I also love that there’s no guessing game when you’re shopping: the price you see is the price you pay (including tax and shipping).  This necklace is just one of the many fun and unique gift ideas on the site.  Check out my previous post (linked above) for some other great gift ideas from This Counts!

This Counts has generously offered to host a giveaway to help celebrate day 1 of the 2015 Gift Guide on WhatDidSheFind.  To enter to win your very own Palmwood Diamond Pendant, simply follow the link below and use the Rafflecopter tool.  This giveaway is open to Canadian entrants only, and will close on Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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WhatDidSheFind Wishlist: Fjällräven Edition

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I love a brand with a good story.  One that makes classic, functional, and high-quality pieces, but also one that cares about the world we live in and contributes to it in a meaningful way.  Enter Fjällräven: a company that encourages people to get out and enjoy nature, while also ensuring their products have the lowest possible impact on the environment (no real fur here!).  What started with a framed backpack in Sweden in the 1950’s, Fjällräven (which means “Arctic Fox” in Swedish) has grown into a national brand that can be found in nearly 20 countries around the world.  With the recent arrival of the colder weather (and with Christmas just a couple of short months away) I’m excited to share with you today some of the Fjällräven items on my wishlist.  Let’s get started!

1. Luhkka No. 3 Cape

Swoon.  I am obsessed with this gorgeous knee-length cape.  Water and wind resistant, and made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, this cape is a perfect example of fashion-meets-function.  Wear it on it’s own in Spring or Fall, or layer it in the winter; it’s even reversible!  This cape is a chic take on the typical jacket or coat.

2. Tablet Case

If you’re going to invest in a tablet, you’ll want to keep it safe.  Made of super-durable fabric and lined with foam,  this tablet case is the perfect way to do just that.  It comes in 3 different colours (but how gorgeous is the red?!), and has a front pocket to stash your headphones and accessories.

3. Kånken Photo Insert

As a blogger, it’s no surprise I love photography.  However, taking my DSLR camera, lenses, and various accessories with me isn’t always easy or convenient.  That’s why I love this foam insert that fits into Fjällräven’s classic Kånken backpack, and makes it easy to protect and carry your camera, extra lenses, and anything else your heart desires, with you on the go.

4. Kånken Backpack

Naturally, a Kånken backpack is then also a wishlist essential.  Created in 1978 in an effort to prevent back problems with school children, this backpack has become an adult favourite as well.  Made with vinylon fabric (lightweight and durable), and with narrow shoulder straps, it’s guaranteed to be be both comfortable and functional.  Even better? If you’re out at night, the logo doubles as a reflector!  This backpack comes in a wide variety of colour options, but my personal favourite is this gorgeous royal blue and ox-blood red version.

5. Kiruna Beanie

This classic, unisex beanie is a fall and winter essential.  As someone who likes to be warm (at pretty much all times), I love that this hat will keep your head and ears toasty, but also looks fashionable.  My personal favourite is this salt-and-pepper grey version, but it also comes in other colours.  Whether you’re out for a hike or just running weekend errands, this beanie’s double-knitted wool and acrylic blend material whisks away moisture, ensuring you stay warm and dry.

What’s on your Fjällräven wishlist?  Let me know in the comments below!

Pink October: Glamulet for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Everyone is affected by breast cancer.  Whether it’s a friend,  family member, or a personal fight, breast cancer is the 2nd deadliest cause of death for women around the world, and this needs to end.  With Pink October (for Breast Cancer Awareness) right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to don pink and show your love and support.

Enter Glamulet, a company that launched in 2014 and prides itself on making high-quality, fashion-forward, and affordable jewelry and charms.  During Pink October, Glamulet will donate 50% of their sales of pink charms to charities that support breast cancer.  Glamulet’s goal is to ensure that by 2050, no more lives will be lost to this cause.

There are a variety of charms in the collection, but some of my personal favourites are the “Pink Ribbon Rose Gold“, “Pink Enamel Ribbon Heat Pendant“, and the “Bright Pink Paved Crystal Charm“.  I love that these charms can be worn alone or mixed-and-matched; you can even purchase pre-made sets.

These pieces are a fun and fashionable way to help support the cause and raise awareness.  What charms will you choose to show your support?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Have you bought your tickets yet?!

The What a Girl Wants event is almost here (Sunday, August 16th); have you bought your tickets yet?!  They’re selling fast so be sure to grab one before they’re gone!

Learn more about this awesome event by checking out my previous post.  In a nutshell: designer finds, wedding dresses, purses, shoes, and more for just $2.00!!  You do not want to miss this.

Be sure to say hello if you see me there!

May, June, and July Favourites!

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I’m a little late to the party on this one, but hey, better late than never, right?! Here’s what I’ve been loving for the months of May, June, and July!

1.  Alex and Ani “Zest for Life” Charm Bangle

I’ve blogged about my love of Alex and Ani bracelets before, and this newly released, limited-edition version is no exception.  Each Alex and Ani bracelet has a special meaning, and this particular one, called “Zest for Life“, is a “reminder that when life hands you lemons, you have the power to take positive action, sweeten the situation, and make lemonade.The power to create a desirable outcome is always within reach.” (Alexandani.com) Not only is the meaning super-positive, for each purchase of this bracelet, Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price to a charity benefiting childhood cancer patients and help fund pediatric cancer research.  I love that this bracelet stands for positivity and helps others, and so it was well worth the drive to the USA to pick one up.  Check out more about this bracelet, and where you can purchase Alex and Ani products here.

2.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Champagne Eye Shadow Primer

I love a product that multitasks.  Not only is this primer the perfect base for both shimmery and matte shadows, helping to bring out their pigmentation and last all day long, it’s also a gorgeous product to wear on it’s own (for those lazy mornings we all have now and again…or every day).  This product is crease-proof, waterproof, and lasts all day.

3.  Mark’s Work Warehouse Denver Hayes Romper in “Black”

I recently posted about my love of this romper on Instagram, and how I’d been searching for one with longer-length shorts for what seems like the entire Summer.  I want to be able to do normal human things (walk, bend over, sit down) without having to worry about showing off too much (if you know what I mean).  I wanted a romper that was classy, comfy, and fashionable, and this one from Mark’s Work Warehouse has it all.  Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s currently on clearance for only $14.88!?

4. Urban Decay Naked Smoky 

The Urban Decay Naked palettes never need much of an introduction (I’ve blogged about previous palettes here, here, and here).  As someone who lives for a good smoky eye, this newly released “Smoky” version is close to my heart.  With 12 gorgeous neutral, smoky toned shadows, not to mention the beautiful packaging, this palette is an essential for any makeup lover’s collection.  It even comes with a dual ended brush, and a lookbook to help you create 4 (of endless) looks using the palette.

5.  Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit

I’ve always tended to prefer face wash over wipes, however after receiving these as a gift, I decided to give them a try.  Needless to say (as they are in my favourites after all), I fell in love.  Not only do I use these to remove makeup, I also like to use them mid-day (especially on weekends when I don’t typically wear makeup) to remove oil and freshen up.  I love the fresh, grapefruit scent, and that they leave your skin feeling smooth and clean (no greasy residue).

What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!     

This Counts: Shopping with a Purpose (+Giveaway!)

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A running joke with my boyfriend is that I “fake online shop”: I sometimes browse a website, put all of my wishlist items in my cart, and then walk away because the shipping charges are outrageous. So, one of the things I instantly loved when introduced to a Canadian e-commerce retail site, This Counts, was that they offer free shipping on all items (AND all listed prices include taxes!). What I love even more than the free shipping, is what the site stands for: giving back. A portion of the sale of every single item goes to a charity supported by the retailer: with every purchase you make, you’re changing and saving lives around the world.  And, if you’re curious to see which charity the retailer supports, just click on the item to find out!

On the This Counts site, you can easily share items, and create boards to keep track of your wishlists (which you’ll want to do, as the site continues to grow everyday!).  You can shop by store, by item, or by collection.  There’s something to be found for everyone: from electronics, to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, to home decor.  They have a wide variety of pieces ranging from classic to super unique, and their prices are extremely reasonable.  Curious to know what’s on my wishlist?  I thought you’d never ask (keep reading for a giveaway and promo code!).

Let’s be honest, sometimes navigating the inside of our purses can seem….puzzling.  How awesome is this Rubiks Cube Purse (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)!? 

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m in love with anything palm-trees or flamingos.  These Dessert Palm Earrings (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada) are no exception! 

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Is there anyone who doesn’t love Ryan Gosling (who just happens to be from my hometown)? I’m picturing this “Run for Ryan Gosling Tee” (supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities) paired with a chic statement necklace (or some cozy sweats). 

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical heart-shaped ring, but how about this amazing “Lifeline Heartbeat Ring” (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)?! My heart races just looking at it.  

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad, but sometimes I just want to read a good old-fashioned hard copy book.  This “Once Upon a Time” bookmark set ensures you won’t lose your page, and is a gorgeous conversation piece.   

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But wait, there’s more!

This Counts has generously offered to provide all WhatDidSheFind readers with 15% off sitewide! Just use promo codeSHEFOUND15″.

And if you’re feeling lucky, why not enter to win a $50.00 credit to turn your wishlist into a reality!? This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and will close on July 5, 2015.

 Click to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Michael Kors for $2.00?!

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Yep, you heard correctly: you can score these Michael Kors shoes for just $2.00.  Or, how about this Chanel purse, or these Ann Taylor pumps…all just $2.00 each!  So how does one score such amazing deals, you ask?  The answer is What a Girl Wants, an event taking place in Burlington, Ontario on August 16th, 2015.  Here, you’ll find thousands of new and upscale repeat clothing items  for the entire family, including shoes, purses, jewelry, and more!  Simply purchase your tickets online here for $21.00, show up on August 16th with a reusable bag in hand (you’ll probably need a large one!), and pay only $2.00 for each item (cash only)!  You’ll want to show up right when the sale starts: bright and early at 8:00 am, and you can browse some of the items in advance of the sale on the What a Girl Wants Facebook page.

And, what makes this sale even more exciting, is that all of the proceeds support Habitat for Humanity Halton.  Last year, this event raised $10,000.00 for the cause!

Even if you’re not able to attend the sale, now is a great time to clean out that closet of yours and donate!  What a Girl Wants is currently accepting men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories, and all items must be in excellent condition, and from a smoke-free home.  Have some items you’d like to donate? Check out the What a Girl Wants website for contact information.

Not able to attend but curious to know more?  Yours truly (that’s me!) will be attending the event and, of course, blogging about all the amazing finds to be had!

This event is truly one where fashion meets philanthropy; where you and your girlfriends can get together, haven fun, and make a difference.  I hope to see you there (be sure to stop by and say hi if you see me!).

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Six

Photo and logo as seen on Flashtat.com

Photo and logo as seen on Flashtat.com

These gorgeous, jewelry inspired tattoos by Flash Tattoos are the perfect accessories for your holiday outfits, summer vacations, and beyond.  Temporary, (lasting around 4-6 days), each package comes with 3-4 sheets of metallic tattoos for around $25.00 US.  Shown above is the “Goldfish Kiss H2O” collection.  For each purchase of this set, Flash Tattoos donates 5% to Waves for Water.  Be sure to check out all the other fun collections as well (I love Sofia and Dakota)!

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