For the Beauty Buff
The holidays is the best time to capitalize on beauty bundles often at magical prices! Try-out out the latest trends, stick with the classics or sample the best a brand has to offer, like the BEST OF KIT from HARD CANDY. Available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.ca for $19.97.
What is strobing? How exactly do you highlight? Are you afraid to contour because you will look like a a tiger? When you look in the mirror do you see Melanie Griffith a la Working Girl? Or are you still lining your lips in brown? Are you suffering from over-plucked brows? Did you ever even learn to put on your make-up properly? Chances are you or the special women in your life (girlfriends, mothers, besties, the list goes on) would benefit from a one-on-one with a make-up pro. Good Gosh Beauty offers an array of services including lessons and field trips! Gift certificates available at GoodGoshBeauty.com
Luxury beauty lovers know the name Oribe for hair, but now the eponymous brand is making its beauty mark on lips and nails with rich vampy hues for the holidays. If you prefer a more subtle shade, check out the entire collection at Donato Salon + Spa. Lipstick $42, Nail Laquer, $32.
For the Fashionista
Velvet is having a moment right now and this jewel tone blazer is sure to be a holiday hit that will serve as a buffer once those winter blahs set in. Available from JustFab.com, $42.95.
Dainty and feminine, ideal for layering or as a single simple strand, these gemstone necklaces pair nicely with jeans and a white tee or a LBD. Made from genuine gemstones, 14K gold filled, 14K fold fille, and all made to order in Salmon Arm, British Columbia by Esty shop Shop Evren, $45.
After years of chunky jewelry, finer more delicate pieces are packing a punch. The Gabi Cuff is made from brass and is hand forged and hammered to give it both texture and shape. Made in Canada by Etsy shop MLKANHNY in Courtenay, British Columbia, $29.
Canadian winters are so painfully long that is why every Canadian needs a great pair (or several) of boots. ECCO has come a long way in their designs, offering stylish boots but never compromising on warmth, at affordable prices. While their stores carry most products their website often has great sales and free shipping. Pictured here is the ECCO Womens Gora Tall Boot, $300.
The year end signals some people to change the batteries in their smoke alarm and others to flip their mattresses, but why not add to that list: throw away ill-fitting and ratty-tatty undies? The Edelweiss Balconette Bra and matching shorty ($120, $48) are simple enough for everyday wear but trimmed in ribbon and lace, has a sweet and feminine touch.
For the Fitness Fanatic
Just because the winter is here doesn’t mean her fitness game slows. KOMBI knows this and new for 2017 has come out with la Puffer, a lightweight and durable mitten that is sure to keep hands toasty butGORE-TEX® + GOREACTIVE certification guarantees that the whole system of inner lining, membrane and outer materials is optimized to enhance breathability. Perfect for anyone who likes to play outside and make the most of the snow! Available in a variety of colours, $80 wherever KOMBI is sold.
Sugarmat is a a group of Montrealers that care about yoga, the environment and giving yogis and opportunity to express themselves through their mats. Their mats run the gamut from whimsical flamingo prints to bold botanicals and cosmic abstracts. Their most recent collection Fall Into You featured bold eye-popping colours but like all their mats, are constructed with non-slip, natural rubber and premium synthetic suede top to prevent slipping when in your favourite yoga pose. My favourite features of these mats are that they can be monogrammed so they are customizable and they fold! No more excuses – your yoga mat can now travel everywhere with you. Variety of mats and accessories, including for kids. Pricing varies, available at sugarmat.com
Atheleisure wear is definitely having a moment and that’s because it’s so practical! Like these slim-fit breathable pants from Lorna Jane go from the Pilates studio to running errands seamlessly. Available where Lorna Jane is sold and online, $94.
This long cardi in super soft jersey is bound to be a favourite. Worn from the gym while running to the grocery store, it is the perfect layering piece but can easily pull double-duty as lounge-wear during a Netflix marathon. Available where Lorna Jane is sold and online, $95.
Every fitness queen knows that the key to a great workout is mastering the basics, and that doesn’t just mean perfecting form when doing squats. Proper foundation garments like the Air Control DeltaPad Bra & Sports Panty from Anita ($130, $50) are designed specifically for women to give us the support we need to succeed in our workouts.
For the Luxury Lover
Acclaimed Canadian jewelry designer Caroline Neron recently launched her wish box line of necklaces. The origin of the wish box is inspired by Buddhist beliefs. They were used as objects of ritual and served to focus the mind by writing a prayer, a secret or wish on a piece of paper and placing it inside the box so that the wish would come true. Caroline has created a line of wish boxes, an ideal gift for that person who has everything. Available online and where Caroline Neron is sold, $125-$395.
Does this gorgeous coat look familiar? Probably because you’ve seen Princess Kate and Canada’s own Sophie Gregoire Trudeau photographed in their SENTALER coats designed by Canadian designer Bojana Sentaler who uses the extraordinary fine fabric alpaca and creates refined modern cuts paying close attention to detail. Each SENTALER piece is precisely crafted with hand finishes, uses extraordinary fine fabric alpaca and creates refined modern cuts paying close attention to detail. The SENTALER collection is dedicated to the modern, classy and sophisticated woman who enjoys glamour. The Wrap coat with ribbed sleeves in Rose Dust (featured) is $1,295. To find a retailer visit sentaler.ca
The luxury-lover may be looking for the next “it” bag, and this may be it! PIPER & SKYE’s luxury handbags are made with love, respect, and responsibility every step of the way. Each design is crafted with a unique blend of luxurious and responsibly-sourced materials, and all of their products are designed and manufactured in North America with global partners and suppliers. The Braemar Tote in evening blue, featured here, is a unique blend of exotic fish leather from Brazil and hand-picked Italian leathers, combined with a luxurious suede lining. $1,399. Available where PIPER & SKYE are sold.
Jewelry boxes don’t allow for adequate display of baubles and bling. This minimal and contemporary jewelry hanger creates beautifully visual storage for your favourite everyday pieces. Handmade from birch in Montreal, Quebec from Etsy shop Nea, $65.
For the ultimate champs-girl, the Rimowa Sparkling Wine/Champagne Box allows her to tote her favourite bubbles in style to the next party! Available at Rimowa, $1,570.
For the Zen Seeker
I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want to strip off their work clothes the second they get home and change into comfies. Lusomé, is a sleepwear brand that elevates your afterwork lounge game. But the best part? It’s not just comfy it’s also made from Xirotex, a rapid moisture-moving fabric to help manage night sweats, a total nightmare for many women! Variety of styles and prices available online.
Bath soaks are the ultimate affordable luxury! Why not further indulge by adding Celestial coconut milk and oak bath soak made by Etsy shop Mellow Bath And Body in Newmarket, Ontario for $24.