It’s holiday party season and you are going to look fab in your outfit and party shoes. But your feet are going to hate you. Why? High heels, baby, high heels. There’s a reason your feet sigh with relief when you kick your shoes off. But I’ve got you with a quick, effective post-party yoga stretch routine for all levels to help decompress you from head to toe – and counteract the negative effects of your skycrapers.* (And gents, you aren’t necessarily wearing heels, but your dress shoes are also making your feet cry. Just saying…)
Yep, you read that title correctly – I just turned 35, and two months before that, I had my first proper facial at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa (845 Hornby Street, Vancouver). I was told by my esthetician, Anny, that, technically, having had microdermabrasion and doing my regular facemasks can be considered a facial, but this was a proper facial and I was going to love it. And I did!
We leave for the UK in less than a month, and I officially have Christmas and travel on the brain. Aside from some travel toiletries, I’m all set with what I need for the our trip. (I’m also done my Christmas shopping – woot!) But Black Friday and Cyber Monday have got me thinking about what I or any of my travel friends would feel fortunate to see under the tree or in our stockings. So here’s a little gift guide – clicking on any of the images will bring you to their respective shops.
As I’ve expressed many times before, I prefer to do most of my shopping online. Particularly my Christmas shopping. But along with the convenience, I also want to make sure my personal and payment info is secure. So with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, I chatted about cybersecurity for the holiday season (and always!) with some of the very smart people that I work with.
Yep, it’s the day after Halloween and I’m encouraging you to get your Christmas shopping done online, and before holiday party season chaos ensues. And to make it easy, I’ve curated a list of fun, affordable, and unique gift ideas from my favourite Canadian Etsy shops and who said items would be appreciated by. Bonus: There’s also a few couple #GetThrifty promo codes and some shopping advice from the shop owners!)
My friend and fellow blogger, Orla (from travelorlabout.com and the blog pod I belong to) and I have been talking about doing some collab stuff and I thought this time of year would be the perfect. She and her guy, Jack, are away from their families this year (as is The Brit), and I wanted to make sure they had some Christmas cheer. So we bundled up earlier in December to brave the drizzle and had a hygge double date at one of my favourite places to visit during the holiday season: VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights (open until Jan 7 if you haven’t been yet!)
Three more sleeps until Christmas! Which means… The last minute Christmas shopping dash! So fun. Not. But it happens to all of us, whether by circumstance or habit. I’m lucky this year because I did most of my shopping online. So my inevitable dashing will involve clicking a couple buttons for something that I can print, an evening of baking, and buying a couple bottles of wine. But, if you’ve missed the online shipping deadlines (or don’t think you’ll get to clicking on time) or are feeling a bit overwhelmed, here are three failsafe options:
Friendship. Something I am very grateful for in my life. My friends have held me up in very precarious times and cheered me on in the really wonderful ones. I have amazing friends and I hope I am just as lovely of a friend to them. They are my are my tribe and I love them.