Extra Luxe Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to be fan-ceh! Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor and give your besties and favourite family members presents that ooze luxury. Or get them for yourself, because it’s been a crazy year and you totally deserve it.

1 // Hudson Bay – 1940s Striped Wool Camp Blanket

I don’t think there’s anything more indulgent than curling up under a cozy blanket with a glass of wine and the person you love. Unless maybe said blanket is crafted out of 100% wool and has an iconic, ultra-chic Hudson Bay striped print.

2 // Charbonnel & Walker – Milk Sea Salt & Caramel Truffles

Sweet and salty is my absolute favorite flavour combination and this luxurious truffle box is the front runner when it comes to indulgent treats. The perfect blend of caramel, creamy chocolate and sea salt, these are dangerous and it’s easy to eat the whole box in one go.

3 // Archipelago Botanicals – Fragrance Diffuser

Fragrance is (obviously) very important to me. As our sense of smell is intrinsically linked to our memories and emotions, home fragrance can really have a big impact on your life and overall well-being. This elegant diffuser disperses beautiful essential oils throughout your home, creating a mood that uplifts, energizes, or relaxes you, depending on your mood.

4 // Crabtree & Evelyn – Pear & Pink Magnolia Deluxe Gift Set

I absolutely adore running myself a hot, luxurious bath at the end of an exhausting day. This gift set comes with everything one needs to give themselves some much needed pampering. Plus the sweet floral scent of pear and pink magnolia is absolutely to die for. It’s like a spa day in a box.

5 // Olivia von Halle – Lila Crystal Pink Silk Pyjama Set

Think that satin PJs are too indulgent? You’ll be whistlin’ a different tune after you run your fingers along this buttery soft lavender pyjama set. Plus, look how pretty! If Audrey Hepburn was a pair of pyjamas, she would be these.

6 // Virgin Wines – Bordeaux Duo in Wooden Gift Box

There are a few things in life we can never have too much of: love, laughter, friendship and bottles of wine. Wine is one of the true loves of my life and I’m sure if you’re reading this you are nodding your head in agreement. Bad day, good day, wine just gets me. So give your favorite person this delicious Bordeaux duo to show just how much you care. If you love someone enough to share your wine, there is no greater love.

7 // Byredo – Bibliothèque Candle

This ultra-chic candle from everyone’s favorite perfume brand encapsulates the smoky, mysterious smell of a library. With sultry notes of violet and leather, this bad boy is just the thing to set the mood and make your most stylish friend’s day.

8 // Chanel – Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

The fresher, more fabulous version of the original Coco perfume, this oriental gem is an oldie but goodie. With crisp florals such as orange blossom and jasmine alongside juicy citrus fruits and earthy patchouli and vetiver, this energetic yet elegant scent is the perfect balance between masculinity and femininity. And let’s face it, everyone needs more Chanel in their life.

9 // La Mer – Crème de la Mer

I’ll be honest – this sh*t ain’t cheap. But if you want to glow like the moon and age as freakishly slowly as J.Lo (a loyal fan), then invest in a jar of this miracle cream, infused with all of the best essences of the sea. And if you really, really love them, snag a jar for your most treasured fellow beauty fiend.

10 // Philips – Viva Compact Pasta Maker

Much like pizza and wine, I’ve never met a bowl of pasta I didn’t want to immediately stuff my face with. Pasta is even better (like much, much better) when it’s homemade. This sleek little gadget makes it super easy to create delectable homemade noodles in no time. Your foodie friend will go gaga for it and you can benefit by sneaking over for dinner whenever they feel like using it. Win-win.

xoxo,

Alicia

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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It can be tricky to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. After all, how do you find a gift that is truly worthy of the woman who literally gave you everything? When it comes to this special day, my rule of thumb is to look for indulgent items gifts that she wouldn’t normally get herself – case in point, a luxury bubble bath or a special piece of jewelry. Practicality isn’t a part of the equation here, it’s all about pampering and treating your mom to something special, whether it’s a carefully chosen item or a luxurious experience. Here are a few options that I came up.

1 // Tiffany & Co. – Heart Tag Bracelet

Show a little bit of sparkly love with this sweet charm bracelet. After all, any occasion is made special with a touch of Tiffany blue!

2 // Diptyque – Violette Candle

Sure, this candle is a bit of a splurge but your mama is worth every penny and more. And so is this sweet, powdery aroma of violet, iris, and cedar.

3 // Uma Oils – Absolute Anti-Aging Body Oil

The only thing that can make a hot bath more indulgent? This luxurious body oil. Scented with neroli, rose, and sandalwood, it smells absolutely divine.

4 // Rosanna – ‘Dear Mom I Love You’ Porcelain Coffee Mug

Sweeten up her morning coffee with this cute coffee cup! The white and gold colour combo is almost as lovely as the sentiment.

5 // Tory Burch – Garden Party Silk Square Scarf

Silk scarves instantly add class and polish to an outfit. Whether she prefers to wear it around her neck (classic), in her hair, or tied around the handle of her handbag, she is sure to adore this springy floral print.

6 // Skoah – Hydradew Face Mask

Though it feels lighter than air, this deeply hydrating mask is packed with moisturizing super ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sea kelp, and algae. It’s like a spa appointment in a jar.

7 // Coco – Earl Grey Tea & Bergamot Dark Chocolate

Much like flowers, chocolate is a classic choice when it comes to a Mother’s Day gift. That being said, this gourmet bar is anything but a cliche, and is so chic that it’s almost sad to eat it! The elegant earl grey tea and bergamot flavor is just far too good to resist.

xoxo,

Alicia

Designer Gift Guide for Under $50

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1 // YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick

2 // Christian Lacroix Fashion Sketch Notebook

3 // “Chanel” Chess Club Graphic Tee

4 // Dior Limited Edition Gel Shine Nail Polish in  Miroir

5 // Kate Spade New York Eat Cake for Breakfast iPhone Case

6 // Marc Jacobs Lobster Claw Bottle Opener Key Chain 

7 // Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Coin Purse

xoxo,

Alicia

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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With Father’s Day exactly a week away, many of us will be out there scrambling to find last minute gifts or coming up with last minute plans for Dad. Personally I have always found it easier to shop for my mom than my dad, likely because my mom and I have the exact same obsessions with dainty jewelry and loose leaf tea. Nonetheless, my dad is one of the most important people in my life and one of the people that I admire and respect the most and therefore finding ways to treat my dad is important to me. My dad is the most hardworking human being I know with an unreal amount of drive and even more integrity. He lives a busy life and works in an incredibly fast-paced job under a great deal of pressure so when it comes to getting him gifts, I would try to think of things that can create or enhance his relaxation on the few occasions when he does get to sit back and unwind. Indulgent gifts like cologne, silk ties or luxury shaving kits are also good gifts for Father’s Day because they are treats that they wouldn’t normally get for themselves. With this in mind I have put together a list of five indulgent, relaxation-enhancing father’s day gifts to make your search a little bit easier and your dad’s day a little more luxe.

1. Ayala Moriel Parfums – Sabotage

Vancouver-based perfumer Ayala Moriel is more than just a creator of all natural perfumes, she is a true artist. With an extensive collection of fragrances, body care and home products, and even a book under her belt, Ayala’s fragrances do more than smell nice, they take the wearer on a journey and are almost more like songs than scents with each note unfolding to reveal the next part of the olfactory story. Sabotage is a spicy yet fresh scent with an earthy base of vetiver and tobacco combining with pimento berry, orange flower, lemon and green peppercorn. I would choose Sabotage for my dad because the smell reminds me of Portugal (the grassy hills, fragrant flowers and spicy, pimento laden cooking), which is where my dad’s family is from. More than that though, Sabotage is a cooling and refreshing summer fragrance with an air of classic masculinity that is timeless and season-less.

2. Scotch and Soda – Summer Bow Ties

Scotch and Soda has a knack for creating clothing and accessories for men with just the right ratio of quirky and elegant. Hailing from Amsterdam, Scotch and Soda’s pieces are always beautifully crafted out of premium fabrics. Unique, playful prints combined with razor-sharp cuts and classic shapes define the brand’s signature style. At only $25 each, these silk bow-ties are a fun way to incorporate Scotch and Soda into your dad’s weekly office attire in a subtle way without breaking the bank.

3. The Art of Shaving – The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Carry On in Sandalwood

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Shaving is a chore that your dad likely either avoids or does so grudgingly. Any time there is an opportunity to take something mundane and make it more pleasant and even luxurious, I am all for it. It is the little things in life that matter and if we can enhance the boring parts of our day and make them special, we should. This 4-piece set from The Art of Shaving is subtly scented with sandalwood (an essential oil that is known for its soothing and antibacterial properties) and has an old-fashioned, John Wayne inspired aesthetic that will likely appeal to dad.

4. Age Your Own – Woodinville Whiskey Kit

I have always thought that there was something so cool and artistic about making one’s own wine or spirits. My grandfather on my dad’s side has been making wine for decades and it is undeniable that homemade liquor has its one inimitable flavor. While there are lots of different kits out there to choose, depending on your dad’s choice of poison, this Whiskey making kit from Woodinville Whiskey Co. comes with everything one would need to start making their own whiskey. With two 250 ml bottles of White Dog un-aged whiskey, a 2 liter aging barrel, a funnel for pouring, two tasting glasses and instructions, this kit may introduce your dad to a new hobby while leading to a future filled with glasses of homemade, perfectly aged whiskey. Basically its a gift that benefits all.

5. Bellroy – Slim Sleeve Tan Wallet

Bellroy wallets are minimalist, simple and sleek which makes it hard to choose one that your gift-recipient won’t like. Crafted out of vegetable tanned, premium cow leather, they are designed to fit all of your cards and cash in a tight little leather sleeve, reducing bulk with the ability to fit neatly in your pocket. If seeing your dad’s chunky, messy, cluttered wallet drives you crazy then consider getting him (and yourself – they are unisex) one of these timeless wallets.

xoxo,

Alicia