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treating your friend to something special doesn’t happen often, so when jen of her waise choice asked me to partner with her and lyst to create a gal-entine’s day gift lyst for her, and her for me, i was totally into it! i hadn’t known much about lyst, but this platform is a definite time saver! lyst is an online shopping platform that partners with 9,000 brands to bring you millions of products to one place so you can have a universal hub to discover the fashion you covet.

jen created this lyst full of the things she’d think i would like (and was SPOT on!), and then chose one item to treat me to. i cannot believe that after years of stalking rockstuds, i have my very own pair. what a huge treat! knowing jen so well, i was able to put together a curated selection of items (called a gift lyst) from a variety of shops, and then chose a few to buy her that i knew she would love. it’s such an efficient way to not only shop for yourself, but others as well. since they can create a lyst to hint at what they might want, and then send you the link, i’m going to be hooked on the idea to sneak my ideas into my husband’s inbox. it’s a great little do-it-all shopping hub! luckily, lyst also alerts you when an in demand out of stock product is re-stocked, so you never have to waste time checking in.

curious what i treated jen to for ‘gal-intines’? pop over to her site to see what she got in the mail from me!

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ok, so the rockstuds – i mean, can you even? i’ve been obsessed with these beauties for years. i chose the flats because i knew i’d get a lot more wear out of them and to have a pair in my collection is a little fashion dream come true for me.

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my favourite things of 2014

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just like oprah, except you don’t get to keep anything and no free cars. sorry, guys! but hey, at least you get to snoop through my favourite things of 2014 that have made my year so much better. from my fave snack, to the kicks you can’t rip off of my feet, to the tunes R loathes that i love.

boom chika pop is a costco staple and isn’t organic, but is gmo free which is a must – lightly salted, and more on the healthier side than alternatives, i snack on this almost nightly || these converse kicks have been on my feet non-stop. they pair with everything from jeans, to skirts, to leggings and when paired with almost anything, instantly give a downtown vibe | me, like every other girl (and most of my friends) are obsessed with t. swift’s latest album (listen to ‘style’ and remember being young and stupid). i don’t even try to fight it || the 1975′s album was one of my faves of the year || my celine nano was a splurge, and well worth it – i use this crossbody bag almost daily | this target bar cart was so worth the cross border trip to pick it up. it adds serious style to our living room and i finally have somewhere to display my ample paper straw collection (ha) || i didn’t even know a completely natural mascara existed, and double didn’t know it would be my fave! || another costco find, i love the texture this sheepskin gives to our space (and my instgram photos) || perfect for the market, barefoot contessa ina garten has the same one! love using this as a tote. it’s so substantial.

day of holiday shopping on robson street

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christmas shopping holds so many wonderful memories. the mere mention, and i’m feeling all cozy and nostalgic. that said, the experience of christmas shopping as an adult can be a pretty stressful one, but it doesn’t have to be – it can actually be enjoyable once you know how! as part of my partnership with robson street and their #sparklewithrobson holiday campaign, christie and i are  showcasing how easy and fun it really can be when you make a day of it with your girlfriends.

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christie and i had the most amazing day strolling around robson street enjoying their festive services. we warmed up at the DIY hot chocolate station outside of milestones where you can enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows, and grab a treat to go, we filled out our christmas wishlist at the north pole express mailbox at urban pasture (in the hopes of winning it!) and grabbed a candy cane from the mailbox, too. we then wrapped up all of our gifts at their gift wrapping station located inside of CB2 (the station is DIY during the week, and by donation on the weekend). holiday shopping on robson street put us into the holiday spirit this year!

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of course, what’s a day out with your girlfriend without capping the afternoon off with a glass of wine and a bite to eat? luckily, vancouver’s mild weather meant we could enjoy the buzz of the street and sit on the heated patio at cactus club.

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the experience was so much fun, and it’s magical to stroll the open air shopping district popping in and out of our fave shops buying gifts for our lists.

merry christmas and happy shopping!

all photos by taya photography | my hair and makeup was by the talented suzanna chun beauty

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holiday must: emerald green

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i’m spotting a trend! first seen on the seriously sartorially inspiring blair of atlantic pacific, emerald is such a hit of fresh and it’s so upscale for the holidays! i’m craving an addition of this bright and elegant shade in my rotation, and it’s best when used for the fancy, although that scarf is something special as well.

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are you inspired to add some kelly green into your wardrobe? a green christmas may be in order!

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poppy barley: the perfect fall boot

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i can’t tell you how many times i’ve fallen in love with ‘the perfect boots’ only to try them on and find out that they were perfect… except for the fact that they didn’t actually fit. like, ever. at 5’2, i’m blessed with short legs, wide calves and feet, which pretty much put the nail in the perfect boot coffin for me. seriously annoying and unfair. well, i’ve found the solution (that infomercial “there must be an easier way” moment is playing in my head right now!). so in love with these poppy barley boots!

they are made to measure, and the online process couldn’t be easier. i love the idea of pretty much creating your very own style, designing your own custom pair of footwear according to style, colour, size, width and height. these are the foxhunt boot which i fell in love with because of their preppy style – i like to see myself in the english countryside, perhaps horseback riding while i’m wearing them, but i digress. i know they will be in heavy, heavy rotation all fall and winter long (yes, they are leather, so spraying them with a protectant is a must).

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the width runs very true to size – for instance, i usually buy a size 8.5 – 9 because of my wide foot, but i am a true size 8. since they are made to measure, i was actually able to order something in my true size which, was a pretty great moment in my book.

something else i love about them: each pair is not only made just for you but made ethically in mexico, employing artisans and paying a fair wage, 13 times the average minimum wage. i had the pleasure of meeting the founders, and was drawn into the passion for what they are doing; gotta love a canadian owned and run company (from my hometown of edmonton, no less!). they totally have a new fan in me.

p.s: please fall, never leave. and yes, i’m wearing my fall uniform. and yes, again.