KO HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017
It is time to shop for the ones you love to make their holiday season merry and bright! This year I put together my favourite things and some things I would love to receive 🙂
My portrait above/below was done by beloved photographer Lori Andrews aka. @theorginal10cent . You need to check out her instagram because her photos are breathtaking and majestic. Lori’s photos constantly remind me how close I live to the Rocky Mountains, but rarely take advantage of it. I live an outdoor life vicariously through her instagram photos. Lori also does beautiful portraits and headshots. The prices range from $350-$1200 depending what you need. It’s a great gift idea for your friend that still has a LinkedIn photo from 2009. I had so much fun shooting these UNTTLD dresses in Lori’s studio that I purchased from Shear Luxury. Shear Luxury is a local boutique that carries some really unique Canadian designers like my friend Andrea Blais‘ beautiful jewelry line. Check it out next time you are in the East Village / Inglewood neighbourhood.
Charlotte Tilbury Holidays Sets
Everything in the Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Gift Shop is completely desirable. This is the only time of year you can get a bunch of amazing things at once from the site in a set and try new items you have been coveting. The best gift has to be the Naughty and Nice Magic Box, a beauty advent calendar with 12 Best-Selling Makeup Treasures for only $250.00.
Sentaler gained world recognition in 2016 solidifying its global brand presence when The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton wore the signature Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeve detail during her Royal Tour in Canada. As well as a brand favourite of Meghan Markle, it is also my favorite Canadian coat. I live in these coats all winter and the alpaca wool is like nothing else for keeping the cold off your bones. Plus these coats are incredibly stunning on. Sentaler Coats are available in Calgary at Espy (also in Inglewood) and Nordstrom. (Coat below is $1495)
Dean Davidson Cranberry Quartz Plaza Ring
The Dean Davidson Plaza Ring is the perfect holiday or anytime statement ring. It has a soft cushion-cut quartz gemstone and architectural lines. This ring is $235. Dean Davidson offers free shipping on all orders to Canada and the U.S. over $200. Dean Davidson is a Canadian jewelry designer originally from Manitoba. David’s collection can be found in 250 boutiques and he has a long list of celebrity clients such as Selma Hayek and Jessica Alba.
Calgary Boutique Rubaiyat will be hosting a Dean Davidson trunk show on December 16, 2017 from 11am-5pm which would be a great time to see the pieces in person and get a gift for someone special.
Make your first Chatbook in 30 seconds. It is so quick to set up your Photo Book Series—then the rest of the work is done for you. This is such an amazing personalized gift for friends & family. A fast and affordable way to get photos off of your phone and into your hands. Easily add, edit, and rearrange your favorite photos to create a beautiful photo book starting at $10.
Scotiabank Giller Prize Winning Novel- Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
This book had me hooked for the few weeks it took me to read in early October. I couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t surprised at all when I found out it won the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
A darkly comic literary thriller about a woman who fears for her sanity—and then her life—when she learns that her doppelgänger has appeared in a local park.
Jean Mason has a doppelganger. She’s never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hangs out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she’s looking for something to put in it. Jean’s a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn’t rattle easily—not like she used to. But after two customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.
She begins at the crossroads of Kensington Market: a city park called Bellevue Square. Although she sees no one who looks like her, it only takes a few visits to the park for her to become obsessed with the possibility of encountering her twin in the flesh. With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she’ll pay for information or sightings. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants—the regulars of Bellevue Square—are eager to contribute to Jean’s investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, she fears her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate much stranger than death.
Winter Wonderful Spa Package
This is one of the greatest deals ever from award winning spa Swizzlesticks Salonspa. For the specialprice of $159 (Regular price is $242) enjoy our 90 minute Destiny Massage, a special massage using their signature Destiny aroma – a captivating blend of pure essential oils of grapefruit, lavender & ylang ylang. Begin this aroma treatment as you submerge yourself into an aromatherapy soak while enjoying the benefits of our Chroma-Therapy Ultra-Tub™. After, you will receive all the wellness benefits of a full body therapeutic massage delivered by one of our highly trained Registered Massage Therapists (insurance qualified). *actual hands-on massage time is 70 mins. Followed by a pedicure, that will help repair and re-moisturize dry skin on your feet. It is a wonderful antidote to the cold, dry Calgary climate. You’ll experience a lower leg and foot massage and salt glow exfoliation, after which we’ll trim, buff, shape and polish your nails to perfection. This service can be tailored to your liking by choosing from several aromatherapy blends (please mention at the time of booking): • Moroccan Orange Blossom® • Destiny® • Lemon Chiffon® • Aveda Stress-Fix™ • Aveda Rosemary Mint™
APL Running Shoes
These running shoes are game changers. I now own two pairs (neither which are rose gold unfortunately), and I won’t wear another athletic shoe ever for running or working out. Made with APL’s stretchy TechLoom™ construction, they fit as comfortably as a glove—scratch that, a sock—and give your feet unrestricted movement. The sleek, considered design gives you a distraction-free experience whether you’re running on the track or through the downtown core. Available at lululemon.com.
TreeEra is a Calgary based company that offers a low-cost monthly subscription to plant trees in your name to combat your carbon footprint. They will have a booth at Market Collective over the next few weekends, so stop by and but a membership as a gift or order online.
XO Treatment Room’s XO PM
Our climate in Calgary is so unbearably dry at times. This product, the XO PM from XO Treatment Room saves my face. It allows me to wake up and have my foundation be applied evenly on my super hydrated skin, instead of it all being sucked into my pores. I love to put it on before bed and give myself a little aromatherapy face massage because it smells SO GOOD! It’s $190 and can be purchased online or in store.
Calgary Opera Tickets
Give the gift of opera this holiday season! For as low as $50.00 per person, purchase a 2-Show Subscription featuring Eugene Onegin and Tosca and keep the same seats for both shows. The perfect Christmas gift for me 🙂 or anyone else who wants to experience the Opera in Calgary.
I know what you are thinking… who wants winter boots for Christmas!?! I do. It’s a smart and practical gift everyone can use and they come in good use for about 9 months in Calgary. It can get very slippery and these boots have “powder arctic grip”! So you can get to where you are going safely in the city on foot. This pair of Sperry boots is available from marks.com and are $219.99.
Vanilla Candy Cane Gift set from Rocky Mountain Soap Company
I am really obsessed with anything body that has peppermint fragrance mixed in. This set contains Organic coconut and jojoba oils clean and soften. Shea butter and beeswax keep your lips softly mistletoe-kissable. Moisturizing cocoa butter and nourishing essential oils smell minty-sweet 🙂 The set is $40.95 and is available in Rocky Mountain Soap Company Stores and online.
Coach Create Personalized Bag
This is one of the most fun accessories I own! The Coach Create personalized bags allow you to make an accessory however you imagine. Read more about the day I made mine by clicking HERE. You can create you own Coach bag in store or online and they range from $250-$650.
New York Times 36 Hours USA & Canada. 2nd Edition – When there are flight sales, I always want to go somewhere for a weekend I have never been to, and with this book you can plan a local quick getaway.
This fully revised and updated edition of the best-selling New York Times travel guide offers 150 weekend trip itineraries across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and 29 new destinations. Complete with color-coded tabs and bookmark ribbons, practical recommendations, nearly 1,000 photos, and detailed city-by-city maps.
Missoni – cable knit beanie
Multicolour wool and alpaca blend cable knit beanie. Angela Missoni ended her Fall 2017 show with models clad in this Pussyhat, the hot pink symbols of protest and female solidarity that were created in honor of the Women’s March. Missoni’s variation on the hand-knit piece features her family’s signature zig-zagging print and bold stripes, but the pointed ears and bold rose color are unmistakable. Available at Farfetch.com for $254.51.
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Sydney Evans Cupcake Pink Sapphire Single Stud Earring
Remember when you got your second or third ear piercing in the mid 90’s? Yeah, me to. Luckily this trend has totally come back around. Sydney Evans creates single tiny fine jewelry earrings to dazzle those additional vacant piercings. I love this whimsical cupcake-shaped stud with pavé pink sapphire, 14K rose and yellow gold from Saks 5th Avenue Canada for $365. I got a micro diamond lightening bolt.
Peter Thomas Roth Labs Insta Mask Kit
Who doesn’t like face masks? I don’t think anyone. ThisPeter Thomas Roth Labs Insta Mask Kitis a great way to sample his best skincare masks when you don’t have time to go to the spa for a facial. Also they are all travel size (15 ML ) so you can take them on your weekend away and soaking in the bath.
Irish Moor MUD Purifying Black Mask – Purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask with odourless Irish Moor Mud helps draw out dirt, oil and impurities as it infuses skin with moisture, vitamins, essential minerals and potent anti-oxidant benefits. With the highest level of organic content in the world, 9,000-year-old black Moor Mud is harvested by hand from the Irish countryside and combined with Hijiki Seaweed, Volcanic Ash and Activated Charcoal for powerful cleansing that helps minimize the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles.
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask- This powerful, triple-action manual, chemical and enzymatic exfoliating treatment addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion in three ways: exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzyme, reveals with Alpha Hydroxy Acid and polishes with Aluminum Oxide Crystals. Helps even the appearance of skin tone, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and clarify to reveal skin that looks smoother, younger, radiant and revitalized.
Cucumber Gel Mask- This ultra-gentle gel helps soothe, hydrate and detoxify the look of dry, irritated skin with botanical extracts of Cucumber, Papaya, Chamomile, Pineapple, Sugar Maple, Sugarcane, Orange, Lemon, Bilberry and Aloe Vera. Excellent for helping to calm and soothe the skin’s appearance after sun exposure, peels, waxing, facials and extractions.
Last but not least, here are some great ways to “Be Someone” this holiday season and to give a gift that gives back…
Alora Boutique’s Diane Collection of Jewelry
Each piece in the Diane collection is meant to empower the wearer through the significance and experiences of Dianne’s life. Each life is significant and should be lived with intention. Diane serves as an inspiration to all of us to live life with purpose and to be resilient. In addition to the message behind the jewelry, $10 from the sale of each piece will go towards The Mustard Seed to help other women like Diane find a place they can call home. Read more about it HERE.
The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society
Calgary is a dynamic city made up of caring individuals who understand the value in extending hands to lift up hearts. Through the generosity of Calgarians, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (the DI) has been able to support homeless and near-homeless Calgarians for more than 50 years.
Through a compelling social media story and video as well as on Instagram, this year’s #BeSomeoneYYC holiday campaign focuses on the importance of having a strong support system. Follow @beinglindsay on Instagram and follow #BeSomeoneYYC. Become part of Lindsay’s story.
This holiday season, you can be someone for 10,000 homeless Calgarians. Give today.