Sunday, December 21, 2014

#BirchBoxCA

 
December marked the launch of Birchbox Canada, and I was admittedly excited to give it a go. I hadn't ever really gotten on the subscription box bandwagon so much, and I feel like the hype about them has died down somewhat. That said, I had heard great things about Birchbox, and at $10, it is far and away the most reasonably priced of all the beauty boxes. Now that it's available in Canada (Finally!) I decided to give it a whirl!
 
Check out my video to see what's in and what I thought of my December box. Also, I present the disclaimer that you may or may not discover some signature Rebecca nerdiness that I am still not sure why I didn't edit out... oh wow.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last-Minute Christmas Wishes

 
It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us! I admit I have been enjoying the traditions of baking and decorating the tree (I keep sticking my face in the branches because I love the scent - so wonderful!), purchasing gifts for friends and loved ones, mailing cards to faraway friends and listening to favourite carols and festive tunes.

I think my friends and people who know me well find me pretty easy when it comes to Christmas gifts - anything fashion, beauty or book-related is generally very successful.  My sisters would likely tell you that I am usually the easiest person on their list to shop for for just that reason. That said, some folks have been asking me for a last few ideas, so I thought I'd share a few of the items I'd love to spot under the Christmas tree.
 
- These earrings! Tasteful, feminine, sparkly, perfect.
- This absolutely gorgeous set of Zoeva make-up brushes.
- Urban Decay's Naked3 palette. Because obviously.
- The adorable glasses-bangle from Kate Spade.
- Out of Print's amazing tote.
- My namesake Nars Audacious lipstick in "Jane".
- 1989 by Taylor Swift. I love it, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
- Chasers of the Light, a book of poetry from Tyler Knott Gregson (whose tumblr full of perfect words I've been following FOREVER).
- Everyday black pumps! Seriously need some new ones. And I love this pair.
- A cozy, soft, loungy turtleneck. This one is perfect.
 
What are your last-minute Christmas wishes?
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Music Monday: It's Christmas


 
With Christmas but a few short days away, I had to share this lovely tune by one of my favourite Canadian artists - David Myles. He's such a great talent - his live show that I saw at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa remains one of my favourite concerts to date. So when I found out about his Christmas album, I was super excited. It is a truly wonderful collection of carols old and new and the above song, in particular, is much-loved by me (I also love the adorable tune "Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo"). It, along with the other carols, make a pretty perfect soundtrack for the festive days of Advent.
 
I hope you're all having a lovely and very happy holiday season thus far!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Floral Stripes

Dress: Sarah Stevenson x Target Boots: Joe Fresh (similar)

The first thing you might notice about this post is that my hair is wildly different - and you'd be right. I chopped it off yesterday in the name of charity (see my 13 inch braid here) - Angel Hair for Kids (similar to Locks of Love in the US), where donated hair is used to make wigs for children suffering from cancer and other diseases that cause hair loss. It's a bit shorter than I am used to, but I am embracing it so far.

This dress is one of the many pieces I picked up earlier in the year from one of my very very favourite Canadian designers, Sarah Stevenson (posts about her here and here), when her collaboration with Target came out. I haven't had an occasion to pull it out yet, but thankfully holiday festivities have given me the opportunity. This will definitely be one of my go-to dresses this holiday season because it is, first and foremost, comfortable! But I also love the bright colours in place of my usual LBD, as well as the extremely flattering inset of black into the print that really highlights the hourglass shape. For curvy ladies like me, this is a wondrous thing. 
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Etsy Holiday Pop-up: Charlottetown

Etsy Pop-up at the Kirk of St. James
The Felted Fawn by Lara Dewolfe
Radiate Happiness by Kristy Stanley  
My pick? The "Meet Me at the Stars" Necklace. 
Dwn.Twn.Fox by Laura Morneau
In which I am unknowingly strangled by my Kate Spade bag.
One thing I love about PEI is the incredible community of artists, makers, crafters, jewelers, designers and general creatives. There are so many with so much to offer on this fair isle (even after the summer and accompanying tourists have gone!), and I am delighted to be back on the Island to participate in and enjoy that community once again.
 
As soon as I heard about the Etsy Holiday Pop-up craft fair happening in Charlottetown, I marked it in my calendar. I knew there were sure to be some old favourites and new discoveries to be found,  and I definitely wasn't disappointed. We made a family day out of it, and my mom, sister, niece and I headed in to the Kirk of St. James today to check out the fair, luckily meeting up to some dear friends along the way. It was SO BUSY! There was a literal throng of people milling amongst the wares, upstairs and downstairs and all around, but the energy was lively, there was laughter and talking and enjoyment and delight, and it was a fun, if wildly busy atmosphere. I personally was delighted to see so much interest in the aforementioned local talent, and the success of the event.

I initially beelined for the Dwn.Twn.Fox booth - designer Laura Morneau's pieces are favourites of mine (recall this post), and I eagerly picked out a pair of perfectly pretty earrings made from shards of a broken teacup and a hand-cut and stamped necklace (keep an eye out, I'll be posting it soon!).  I loved hearing directly from the lovely artist herself about the process behind the piece - it's just the kind of moment that you can only get when you're shopping locally and interacting directly with local designers and crafters - the greatest!  It was honestly hard to keep myself to only two things!
 
I also had a lot of love for the delicately pretty jewelry from Kristy Stanley's Radiate Happiness line. I very much gravitate to simple, dainty pieces and her range definitely fits that bill. I'd pretty much blown my budget at Laura's booth, but I will hopefully add some "radiantly happy" baubles to my collection before long.

The new discovery and surprise favourite for me was The Felted Fawn, by Lara Dewolfe. Her hand-felted pieces (made with locally sourced wool!!!) are simply so whimsical, adorable, and fun, not to mention beautifully made. I immediately connected to the style of her pieces and have already bookmarked her etsy shop, because I know I will want to decorate a future apartment with her work at some stage. My personal favourites? The Moon Fox and the Valley Cows.
 
These were simply a few of my picks from a truly amazing array of talented artisans represented at the fair. I was so proud of Suzanne (of Village Pottery and the The Potter's Daughter jewelry line) and the rest of the organizing team for a fantastic, fun and absolutely worthwhile event. Supporting local talent is always something I can get behind, and the hard work behind this fair made for a fantastic day (my enjoyment is clearly visible in that snap, no?).
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