Thursday, 30 May 2013

May Wishlist

Becca's May Wishlist

Shorts-- the perfect way to stay cool and show off my gams! - Classic black cat eye sunglasses - Canvas sneakers in bright colours. Comfy! - An iPad case - a gigantic hairbow (you can never have too many!) - This dress - Will Arnett (just kidding).

Lin's May Wishlist

Todd Parr books. They're colourful and promote great values. And they are always happy! - I collect journals with inspiring quotes on them. I'd love another! - A Danier bag. They're multi-functional, stylish and durable. - A 7-year pen from Seltzer Goods. Environmentally friendly and pretty. - An iPad mini (with a cute case)-- perfect for work and fun!
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.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

10+ Things We Love About New York City

It's been only a month since our last trip to New York City, and we already can't wait until the next time we get to visit the Big Apple. To whet your appetite for travel, here's a list of 10 things we love about New York, New York:

1 A change of scenery. Even if you're accustomed to big city life, New York is a breath of fresh air. There's nowhere like New York anywhere.

2 Vendors, vendors, everywhere! On most any street in Manhattan, you'll find tables laden with goods from sunglasses to books to clothes, and hot dog or pretzel carts on many a street corner.

3 The Statue of Liberty, easily viewable via the free Staten Island ferry, is a beacon of hope, an historical landmark and a New York icon. She's larger than life, and the moment you see her up close and personal is absolute magic.

4 It's easily accessible by plane, train or automobile. No matter how you choose to travel, it's easy (and often affordable) to get to NYC. Travelling from Toronto like we did? Consider an overnight Greyhound bus or a flight via Porter Airlines to EWR (Newark Airport).

5 The people. Sure, they're always in a rush, but they're happy to help you lug your suitcase down the metro steps or offer advice about the best slice of pizza in town. Plus, the hustle and bustle of city life is invigorating!

6 The boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx & Staten Island). Each offers its own unique flavour, yet is distinctly New York.

7 The food. From $2 pretzels to world-class fine dining, authentic ethnic foods to "all-American" grub, if it exists, you can eat it here.

8 It's multicultural. More than any other American city. This makes NYC inviting for people from any background, because you'll feel at home, and be exposed to other cultures.

9 New York City is pedestrian-friendly. No need to drive around the city (in fact, you're better off walking and taking the bus or metro). Public transit is affordable, subway stations are easy to find, and with a bit of practice, it's easy to find your way around Manhattan's grid-like layout.

10 Shopping. There's something for everyone, including thrift stores, the biggest Macy's in the world, unique boutiques and shops carrying locally made goods.

Honourable mentions: the burlesque scene; amazing movies, books and Broadway shows take place in NYC; LGBT-friendly; kid-friendly.

What do you love best about NYC?

Monday, 20 May 2013

How To Save Money On Clothes (even if you love shopping!)

Balancing a frugal lifestyle and a passion for fashion can be hard. How do you choose between saving money and splurging on the latest trends? This is something we've struggled with, but we do have quite a few tricks up our (very stylish) sleeves:
Only buy what you need. When money is tight, paying down debt and purchasing necessities has to be your priority. Only buy the shoes you need, and skip the cute top you want-- at least for now.

Splurge occasionally. We look at saving money the same way we look at healthy eating: If you only eat junk food, you won't appreciate how yummy it is. If you only eat salads, you'll crave junk food, and binge on it eventually. Similarly, if you never splurge on clothes, eventually you'll max out your credit card on one shopping trip. The lesson? Treat yourself (occasionally) remember: everything in moderation, including moderation!

Look for deals. Try sites like RetailMeNot for online discount codes, sign up for your favourite stores' newsletters (they often include coupons) and shop around for the best bargains. Also hit up stores like Winners (in Canada) or TJ Maxx (in the States) for lower prices on name brands-- and don't overlook the sales rack.

Share with friends or family. If someone you love (and whose style you love) wears the same size as you, consider sharing some of your favourite pieces. We do this sometimes, and it works great!

Have a swap party. Each kick in a couple dollars for pizza and a few bottles of wine (or non-alcoholic beverages), and bring clothes that you don't wear, but are in good condition. Have fun, and leave with a brand new wardrobe! 

Try thrifting. You never know what treasures you'll find at Value Village or Good Will. We've found vintage slips, cute purses and fun t-shirts.

Order online. Use coupon codes, keep up with sales and pay attention to return policies. Also consider leaving potential purchases in your cart for a day or two. That will give you time to ponder whether you really want that gold lame skirt, plus sites like Amazon sometimes offer small discounts to entice you to buy whatever is in your cart.

Your turn: How do you save money on clothes?

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mars On Earth: Visit the Cheltenham Badlands

It's hard to believe somewhere like this exists so close to the city.

Appealing to both kids and adults, a visit to the Cheltenham Badlands is an experience like no other. The Badlands are located in Caledon, Ontario (near Toronto, north of Brampton) and are easily accessible from a parking lot near Olde Baseline Road, off Highway 10.

Because of the Badlands' topography, they have been featured in various films as a substitute for Mars. A TripAdvisor user adequately describes it: "it feels like you're on another planet". There's nowhere else like this in Ontario-- badlands are usually found in Alberta or South Dakota. The area, composed of Queenston shale, is soft and easily eroded, giving the Badlands their signature look.

The Badlands are a beautiful rust red, like a terracotta pot, with faint green streaks, due to iron oxide deposits. A fragile environment, The Bruce Trail Conservancy who manages the area is concerned that the delicate badlands may become damaged. Visit while you can!

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Magnificent Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is this month! Instead of a generic card and flowers, why not do something different for your mom's special day? It only takes a little extra effort to get creative, and she'll be thrilled with the result! Ideas:

Get creative. // If you're crafty, make your own card, cook her dinner from scratch or tackle a DIY project from Pinterest. She'll appreciate your time and effort, not to mention cherish the gift itself! 

Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2

It's the thought that counts! // If you're the type who remembers little details about the one she loves-- Mom's favourite movies on DVD, the cookies she can't resist, the bath products she's obsessed with-- purchase a few of her favourite things, fill a pretty basket with them, and wrap it with ribbon and tissue paper.

How about... Her go-to lip balm | Gourmet cookies | Scented candles | A Starbucks card and bottled drink | A bath pouf and shower gel | Fuzzy socks | Movies on DVD | Her fave magazines (this month's issue, plus a subscription) |

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Something she'd never buy herself. // What has your mom always wanted, but never splurged on herself? It doesn't necessarily have to be expensive or luxurious (but if you can afford it, go for it!). Godiva chocolates? A trip to Paris? A massage? A bath fizzies, bottle of wine, and a day to herself? 

She'd love this! | A box of truffles | Fuzzy slippers and robe | Products from Lush | Body butter from The Body Shop | A bottle of wine | A weekend getaway with her lovely daughter! |

For more Mother's Day ideas, try here and here.

Voila! You are the best daughter ever!