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Friday, 19 April 2013

How To: Set Up Your Home Office

They key to setting up your home office? Make it functional, and add personal touches that make you smile. After all, the more you want to spend time in your office, the more work you'll get done!

Pick furniture that's practical and stylish:
Office Furniture

Comfy chair - Sturdy desk and office chair - Lamps for extra lighting

Organize!
Office Organization


Shelves for storage - Bulletin board - Book cases - Storage boxes - Cord organizer (not pictured) - Magazine holders - Document sorter

Add your own personal touches:
Office Personal Touches

Wall decals - Fun file folders - Cute push pins - Scented candles - Inspiring art - A desk set - Pretty pens - A bejewelled calculator - Snapshots of your favourite people and places

Extra Tips:

-To make furnishing your office affordable, mix high and low end, try thrift stores, curb sides and flea markets, and don't forget Ikea!
-Test drive your furniture before you buy it. Pretty doesn't necessarily equal practical.
-Invest the bulk of your budget in sturdy and comfortable furniture; you can stretch your dollar when it comes to decorating. Pick up odds and ends at the dollar store (we've gotten cute stationary, trash bins, picture frames and more!), find one of a kind items at Value Village, and try DIY.

For more ideas, check out Becca's Office Inspiration Pinterest board.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

April Wishlist

Becca's April Wishlist

A fabulous pencil skirt (and somewhere equally fabulous to wear it?) - A pina colada cupcake from Crumbs - A colourful case for my iPhone 4s (like the one pictured, from Kate Spade) - A cat mirror compact from Forever 21 - Cherry poptarts (we don't have them in Canada!) - Maps (to start planning my next trip, and to hang on our office wall as inspiration) - Neon flats

Lin's April Wishlist

A beautifully organized office (which may involve buying a desk set and some bins or boxes) - A(nother) pair of troll earrings, because you can never have too many! - Crumbs' Cherry Blossom cupcake. I don't usually like cupcakes because I'm not a fan of frosting, but this looks delicious. Plus, New York Deals is giving away free Crumbs vouchers! - A manicure and pedicure! - Cat socks - A jacket from Danier - Fun stickers for my kindergarten class

What's on your wishlist?

Want us to consider your product for next month's wishlist? We're open to PR opportunities! Contact Rebecca. Full disclosure: none of the above products were gifted to us and we are not affiliated with any of the companies whose products are featured in this post.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

See You At the Christmas One of a Kind Show, Toronto!

Last month, we went to Toronto's One of a Kind Show. A must-see for art afficienadas and shopaholics alike, this one (just like each before it) did not disappoint!

The entire hall buzzed with excitement, tables were laden with artists' wares, and smiling people mulled about with multiple bags of newly-purchased goodies in each hand. Artisans answered patrons questions and an inspiring dialogue about creativity and community filled the room.

While we loved admiring the art and chatting with the artists, we also were thrilled by the shopping! We bought Mefits, pretty postcards to add to our vision boards, and a bottle of locally made garlic and oregano-infused olive oil.

While the One of a Kind Show has closed its doors for now, we're already counting down the days until the next one! Mark the calendar: it's 28 November to 8 December 2013.




Full disclosure: We recieved press passes to cover the March One of a Kind Show. This did not affect our opinion of the event.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

3 Things To Do This April in Newark, NJ

Lin and I are planning a trip to Newark! We've only ever driven through New Jersey, en route to New York, which tends to outshine this state. So we're excited to see what the Garden State's biggest city has to offer. To read about the 3 things I'm most looking forward to, click here.

Have you ever been to Newark?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

What Lin Wore: A Wild Animal Print Dress

Some days, you just need to dance on the driveway or strike a pose for the camera!



What I Wore:

Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
Dress: Winners
Shoes: The Bay


Monday, 1 April 2013

30 Cheap and Cheerful Days of April

One fun and free (or very affordable) idea for each day of April. Enjoy!

1 Have a picnic near the giant Inukshuk in downtown Toronto
2 Ditch your winter outerwear and wear a cute sweater.instead
3 Spend the day at the library
4 Buy some cute, colourful sneakers
5 People-watch at the mall
6 Check out the goings-on at Yonge-Dundas Square
7 Dress your cat up in a funny outfit.
8 Visit a flea market.
9 Pick up a mascara or lip gloss from Essence or another cheap and cheerful drugstore brand.
10 Buy a whimsical umbrella or rain boots that make you want to jump in puddles.
11 Eat a cupcake with extra frosting.
12 Kiss in the rain.
13 Blow bubbles!
14 Watch cat videos on the internet.
15 Get a pedicure.
16 Make a hearty lunch of soup and scones.
17 Watch re-runs of your favourite show.
18 Send snail mail to friends who live near or far.
19 Sign up for a course on Coursera.org.
20 Read magazines and drink wine in the bath tub.
21 Volunteer.
22 Go to the dollar store.
23 Watch this video of a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig.
24 Make chocolate-covered strawberries.
25 Compliment a stranger.
26 Experiment with a new hair cut or colour.
27 Light a scented candle.
28 Cook a nice meal for your friends or family.
29 Pay it forward.
30 Jazz up your outfit with a pretty scarf.