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In Gift Guides/ shopping

2016 Etsy Gift Guide

etsy-gift-guideIt’s that time of year again when I find great fun in trying to find the perfect gift for family. Oscar’s pretty easy. I mean, he tells it as it is – Wii U games. Pokemon. More video games. Slime. But others aren’t so easy to read. In the end, it’s not about the gift at all, it’s about the fun you put in putting it together and, showing love for that person. You needn’t spend anything to do that. However, if you’re like me and find great fun in searching online for the best gift, this gift guide roundup is for you. Check out the gift guides I’ve been curating over on Etsy here.  Or go directly to Gift Guide Babies / Gift Guide – For Her / Gift Guide – For Him / Gift Guide – For Kids

In Personal Style/ shopping

the best beach totes


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I’m slightly obsessed with bags at the moment, after a month long search for a women’s work bag (more on that in another post) but I became slightly obsessed with beach totes, and picked up No. 5 above on a recent trip over to the USA. There is something so great about these bags because they are an instant pop of colour to an outfit without having to commit to a bright top or flashy pants. The bag is a great way to just add some style of the moment, without committing I find. I absolutely love the function of them too as a Mom, because as we’re out more in the Summer, I am using my tote as my Mom-Bag – with colouring books, games and such for Oscar so that if we’re at a BBQ and he gets restless, I have my go to summer bag to find some fun things to do. Anyhow, just a roundup of some of the ones I came across online and in person that I thought were fun! xo

In Obsessed with/ shopping

Currently Obsessed with / PomPoms and Tassels

pompom and tasselBlue PomPom Bag / Chinese Laundry Laceup Sandal / Pink Tote with Tassels  / PomPom Clutch

I’ve been saving things that have tassels and pompoms while window shopping. I’m obsessed! They are so bright and summery. Also, I think these would make super fun DIY projects. Like go to HomeSense, get a basket and tie on some PomPoms and BOOM! You have a designer basket. Do the same with a tote. Or, just buy the fancy designer version because those are pretty glorious! 😉etsy pompom

In Decorating/ shopping/ Shopping Guides

roundup of the best pillows on etsy

the best pillows found on etsy

After yesterday’s post lacking of colour and dismal pre-spring garden shots (and a rotting deck!) I needed to throw some colour at you. I have a few decorating projects in the works and at the top of my list is always pillows. My style is always white, bright and open and airy rooms with crazy hits of colour thrown at you in pillows. Pillows are the BEST way to add some style to a room at a really reasonable cost. Some pillows aren’t inexpensive – decorative ones (like this one that is my FAVOURITE EVER in my house) are the cost of a good gallon of paint. But it’s more powerful than paint. Because it’s so stylish and let’s face it. Throwing a designer pillow on your couch is also WAY EASIER than throwing a gallon of paint on your wall. So when  friends ask me to help makeover a room, I always gravitate to neutral couches and such – but tell them to have some fun with the pillows. One thing I have been guilty of is buying too small of a pillow for rooms. So consider 20″ and bigger for couches, because the small ones just (in my opinion)end up being tossed on the floor. But BIG pillows (especially down filled ones) you end up sinking into, and enjoying as you relax.

Although I adore places like Tonic Living and finding my own fabrics to make into pillows, Etsy is still a huge draw for me because you have such a huge assortment of fabrics and you can see them done up usually before buying. Click here to see my favourite pillows (which include all of the ones I’ve shown here!) by popping over to my Etsy Pillow Collection board. And you may see some of the ones here, in upcoming design projects!

pillows on etsy