Nice Things // January

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Happy 2016!

January is a time to relax, refresh, recharge, and stay cozy. I’ve started to stear away from standard New Years’ resolutions and have decided to focus on the larger picture: treating my body well with good food and relaxation (goodness knows it needs it after this busy autumn).  That’s why my collection of January nice things centres around rejuvenating your body, mind, and spirit. It’s grey and cold outside so cozy up indoors and enjoy some of these nice things to get you through the January blues.

1. Cove Rain bath salts // handmade in Deep Cove, BC, the scents of these mineral bath salts are inspired by the maker’s natural surroundings. Sprinkle some in your bathwater and slip away into a calm, fresh reverie.

2. Speckled clay mug // I’m a big fan of stoneware and speckled pottery. These mugs come in two jaunty handle styles and – most importantly – can hold your warm beverage of choice.

3. Floral kimono // I am in love with these gorgeous kimonos made from hand-printed Indian fabrics. Claire hosted a pop up in my neighbourhood and I had to stop myself from buying them all. Her online shop is coming soon!

4. Sage smudge stick // smudge sticks are an old ritual used for cleansing impurities from a space. Whether you want to cleanse or just love the smell it leaves behind, these are a lovely way to bring balance to your home.

5. Roaming blanket // cozy up in one of Aritzia’s blanket scarves. They keep your neck safe from the cold, and they are large enough to envelop you while marathoning Netflix.

6. Recharge candle // I love the scents of rosemary and mint together. Rosemary is warm and welcoming and mint is fresh and bright. Aptly named ‘Recharge’, I’d keep one of these in every room in the house.

7. 3 Times a Day cookbook // I love this cookbook. Marilou & Alexandre Champagne have created a beautiful collection of recipes and photography, each categorized (‘indulgent’ is a good place to start).

8. Porcelain incense holder // handmade in LA, these one-of-a-kind incense holders are small stunning works of art. An example of something useful and beautiful.

9. 100 Mysteries tea // My favourite tea handmade in Toronto. Filled with coconut, cardamom, almonds, ginger, and black pepper, this rooibos tea is meant to warm and balance the body.

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Aritzia Autumn Goods

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.27.51 AMFall makes me want to clean and purge on any dreary day. However, it also makes me want to shop for new autumn clothes, so I guess they balance each other out.

I used to be an Anthropologie girl through and through, especially when it came to shopping for fall garments. Their textures, patterns, and silhouettes just hit the mark.

I don’t know if the styles have changed or I have, but I’m spending the majority of my shopping time wandering around Aritzia instead. I think Aritzia has upped their game and brought in some truly unique garments the past year. They always have a lovely base colour palette, and this autumn line is no exception. I am loving the burgundy – so warm and cozy! And their scarves… don’t get me started! I can get lost in them.

So amidst my love affair with silks and wools, let me share some items I’ve treated myself to for this fall.

f15_01_a06_56657_6353_on_aFuzzy soft Dexter pant, perfect for those days when there’s a slight chill in the air. They are fancy pants made of combed fleece, like office-appropriate sweatpants. Best of both worlds!f15_01_a02_55975_169_off_aThis Murphy blouse is simple, sleek, and soft. I’ve dressed it up with a pencil skirt for a client meeting, and I’ve worn it with high-waisted jeans for a casual night out.f15_04_a03_56716_1274_on_bThis is the pullover I’ve been dreaming of for a couple of seasons! It is so versatile and easy to wear. The slight crop and mock-turtleneck make it effortlessly stylish.
f15_04_n03_54183_5144_off_b This is my new Haus Party blanket scarf. It’s actually called that. Probably because of the fun abstract pattern, but I like to imagine it’s because at a party, while others are socializing and being general party animals, I will be in the corner getting cozy in my scarf. I thought Aritzia won last year with their Mixed Stripes blanket scarf, but Haus Party has reached a new level.
f15_04_a06_56744_1274_on_cBlack Pants! Like a little black dress, I think a good pair of black pants are essential. These Darontal pants are super stylish, have a flattering fit, are good for work, and have an elastic waistband. Win win win win.
f15_04_a01_47192_5144_on_bMy last new goodie for the fall (so far) is the Anvers t-shirt. I have it in 3 colours already and I love them all. Like most stuff I’ve featured, this t-shirt is very versatile. Because of it’s open back detail it’s perfect for a night out if you don’t feel like getting ‘dressed up’. They’re also the comfiest for hanging around the house, or on warmer days when a full-back shirt just can’t aerate you enough.

all images courtesy of aritzia.com