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Gift Guide Day 11: A Water Bottle that Doubles as a Wallet

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So you’re at the gym, you’ve forgotten your lock (or you’ve arrived at the gym already in your workout gear), and you’re just not comfortable leaving your keys and wallet unsecured in the change room.  What to do? Don’t leave it at all.  This awesome Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle from Contigo stores your money, keys, or ID in it’s handy side storage pocket.  The autoseal technology makes this bottle both leak and spill proof, and the clip handle allows you to secure it to your gym bag, keys, and etcetera.  The opening is wide enough for ice cubes, and it allows for easy, one-handed drinking with the push of a button.  The Kangaroo bottle is BPA free, dishwasher safe (top rack), and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  Even better? It retails for less than $15.00!

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Gift Guide Day 10: A Gift to Share with your BFF

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We all remember how much it meant when our friend chose us to wear the other half of their BFF bracelet, necklace, or key chain back in the day. Why not bring that feeling back?  These adorable Side by Side charms from Alex and Ani are a modern twist on the BFF bracelet.  Why otters, you ask?  Otters actually hold hands when floating in the water to prevent themselves from drifting apart (que the “awww”), and are therefore a symbol of unity and friendship.  Share one with your BFF and wear these charms as a reminder to, “Bask in the glow of good times and make the best of what floats your way.” (Alexandani.com) You can purchase this set in either a Rafaelian Gold or Rafaelian Silver finish, and they are expandable from 2″ to 3.5″ in diameter.  Who will be your significant otter?  Sorry, couldn’t resist!

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Gift Guide Day 8: The Little Gift that Does A Lot

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We are all aware of the fashion and beauty emergencies that can happen when you’re on the go: a run in your tights, hair that won’t stay put, a broken nail, a hem that has fallen loose, or an earring back that has gone M.I.A.  We know these emergencies can (and do) happen, but we simply don’t have enough room in our purses to carry all the items we’d need to solve these problems…at least until now, that is.  Pinch ProvisionsMinimergency Kit for Her” holds 17 beauty and fashion emergency fixes in a cute pouch, all while being able to fit in the palm of your hand.

Included in kit are the following:

– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Tampon
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape

You can purchase the kit shown in the picture above on the Sephora website, or you can visit the Pinch Provisions website to see even more styles and products, including a kit for men.  There are even Minimergency kits for brides and bridesmaids!

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Gift Guide Day 7: Aromatherapy for your Commute

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Today’s gift is a unique spin on the car air freshener.  The Aura Car Diffusion System from Fruits & Passion diffuses your favourite fragrances in your vehicle for up to 50 hours.  Simply plug the unit into your car cigar lighter receptacle (angling at 90 degrees), place a Car Scented Wax Capsule into the unit, and turn it on.  Choose from a variety of scent capsules, including the one pictured above in “Frosted Birch” (notes of birch, cotton, and jasmine).  No need to worry about wax spilling in your car, thanks to micro-perforated film.  It’s like having the comfort of a cozy candle during your commute, without the whole open-flame fire hazard issue (it’s also much more modern than a cardboard tree hanging from your rear view mirror).  The Aura Car Diffusion System comes in black and white, and you can purchase the unit plus a was capsule for less than $20.00.

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Gift Guide Day 5: A Gift With Meaning

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I love a personalized gift: one that’s unique and has meaning. Each piece in the Speechlust collection is adorned with an uncommonly used word; one that has a much deeper meaning than it’s few syllables would lead you to believe.  One of my favourites (pictured above) is the Halcyon Necklace.  According to the Speechlust website, Halcyon is defined as: “(adj.) To be calm, peaceful and tranquil. (n.) A mythical bird said to calm the waves of the sea.”  Wearing this necklace can be a reminder, “to slow down and keep perspective. When you take the time to breathe, you’ll realize that, like the waves, this too shall pass”.

You can view a full dictionary of all words offered on the site, and can shop by collection.  Some of my other favourites are the Ikigai and the Heliophile necklaces.  All come on a 22-inch chain, and some styles are offered in beaded versions.  Each necklace also includes a card with the word’s definition (so the person you’re giving it to won’t need to Google after opening!).

I also love Speechlust’s story.  Canadian owner Courtney Chilton was inspired to create Speechlust while traveling in Southeast Asia.  She created the brand having had no background in business, learning as she went along.  I admire that she created her brand purely with passion and a love for what she was doing.  All to often, I think we sell ourselves short because we don’t think this passion is enough.  It is.  Give these necklaces to friends, family members, or significant others, and support a small business while doing so.

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Gift Guide Day 3: A Pretty Pout

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Bite Beauty has been on my beauty-radar quite often this year.  Their products are made solely of food-grade ingredients (and are gluten-free), and the colour payoff is always impressive.  This Best Bite Rewind set is the perfect way to try out the brand (if you haven’t already), and includes 4 matte-finish mini lip crayons (0.031 oz each).  The kit includes a fun range of colours: nude (Cafe), rose (Torte), raspberry (Coulis), and eggplant (Aubergine).  Orange peel wax protects and seals in moisture, while triple milled pigments provide light but serious colour payoff.  The pointed crayon tips allow you to perform precise, liner-free applications on the go.  This set comes ready to gift in a cute holiday-red tin, or you can divide it up into 4 individual gifts!

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Gift Guide Day 2: The Perfect (Pink) Coffee Table Book

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For me, books have always been fascinating.  They are read and enjoyed, perhaps one day past along to someone new, and come to have not only their own story to tell (the one between the pages), but also those of the lives it has touched along the way (deep, I know).  In fact, it fascinates me so much, that I have my own personal collection of old books with strangers’ signatures and well-wishes on the inside covers.  So much history and so much mystery: I love it.

So naturally, I’ve chosen to add a book to the gift guide this year, and it’s one that’s perfect for your girlfriends, mother, sister, and beyond (it’s also a perfect housewarming present!).  All in Good Taste from Kate Spade New York is a gorgeous pink hardcover book (yes, that wine stain is intentional!) that shares fun recipes, how-to’s, personal essays, and more.  Topics covered include: how to shuck an oyster, the proper way to set the table, how to write the perfect thank-you note to the party hostess, what to have on-hand for your at-home bar, and Instagram etiquette at dinner.  This book is fun to read, but is also a great conversation piece to have on your coffee table or bookshelf.  Just write a cute note on the inside, place a bow on the outside, and gift!

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12 Days of Gift Ideas, Coming December 12th!

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It’s here: the most wonderful time of the year.  Which means its time to trim the tree, hang the stockings with care, and, of course, check out my annual gift guide!  This year, I’ll be bringing you a gift idea every day for 12 days.  Expect fun finds for friends, loved ones, teachers, and more, starting December 12th!

How I Style: Foxy Originals Austin Necklace

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Over the years my Foxy Originals collection has continued to grow, and this piece, (the Austin Necklace in Silver), is by far one of my favourites.  This necklace features a handful of recent trends: tassels, studs, bars, and a long-length lariat-style.

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Made of pewter and plated in silver, (you can also purchase this necklace in gold), the Austin Necklace is high quality, affordable, and is extremely versatile (dress it up or down).  I even tried my hand at wearing it as a headpiece (using three bobby pins), shown below!

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I’ve been a longtime fan of Foxy Originals jewelry (I also included them in my holiday gift guide).  All of their pieces are locally designed and produced in Canada, and can be purchased online or in hundreds of stores internationally (they are also a celebrity favourite!).

Do you own any Foxy Originals pieces?  Let me know in the comments below!

*Necklace provided for consideration.