mother’s day gift guide

mother's day gift ideas

mother’s day is all about spoiling your favourite person – mom! don’t buy her something useful, it’s all about getting her that luxurious item mom wouldn’t spoil herself with – a case of her fave wine, a nespresso machine (total splurge!), a magazine subscription or cozy cashmere blanket. it’s not complete without a mushy card that shows how much you appreciate her – that’s always my mom’s favourite part of any gift and i know it’s a winner if it makes her cry. take your mom out for a day of her favourite things: a stop at a coffee shop for a magazine catch up, a matinee movie (with popcorn, of course!) and a nice lunch or dinner at a spot she favours? ideal day spending quality time i’d say!

i’m lucky to have my mom here for mothers’ day and will be hosting a fancy brunch for the special day at my place for both our families. any menu ideas are welcome!

ipad case // cashmere blend throw // crystal studs // spanish red wine // nespresso // o magazine subscription // lovely perfume // aveda hand cream

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currently coveting

currently coveting collage

a few things i am shamefully coveting right now; pretty things that we sure don’t need, but it’s fun to window shop! on second thought, who doesn’t need a classic pair of black boots… and a gold bowl?

1. ralph lauren makeup case // 2. marc jacobs gold tone crystal watch // 3. classic black boots // 4. a cozy throw // 5. karen walker sunnies // 6. gold tone bowl // 7. tufted headboard

the steal: statement coat

the statement coat

for the last five years, a favourite online clothing store of mine has been asos.com; i’ve selected the top four statement coats i’d like in my closet.

’tis the season to get some amazing deals – specifically on coats! buying for next year (and the next 3 months!) is a great idea when you can get a killer deal; these are all on sale at around 50% off.

twill black coat with belt // premium navy coat with leather sleeves // minimal red coat with gold buttons // double breasted trench

in case you’ve never ordered from asos, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. the shipping fees are extremely minimal and your stuff arrives fast.

fashion friday feature: erin ireland

this local vancouver foodie can be filed under both {sparkly} and ‘how does she do it?’.

erin ireland

erin ireland definitely stays busy. between building her ‘it’s to die for‘ brand and keeping us up to date on new hotspots with her gigs as food columnist for the vancouver metro daily newspaper and vancouver view magazine, she also runs her own foodie blog: it’s to die for. erin is famously known as vancouver’s canada’s queen of banana bread. her uniquely delicious and partly organic “bb“, as she affectionately refers to it, is sold at commune cafe, milano cafe and ethical bean coffee roastery cafe. try it and you’ll learn the meaning of “to die for”.

turns out erin’s style is also ‘to die for’; she is our inaugural fashion friday feature.

what she’s wearing:

boots: black steve madden lindley boots (with gold zipper and red stitching)
black riding pants: club monaco
black leather belt: firenze leather market (trip to italy)
striped top: forever 21
grey cardigan: zara
hat: vintage (her mom’s!)

her personal style philosophy:

“Classic with a twist. I only buy items I feel I can’t live without. Navy, black, and white are colors I stick to, although injecting one extra ‘pop’ of color is within my personal fashion rules. Other rules: Belts must match shoes, less skin equals more power, and lint brushes are vitally important. Must-haves: black Steve Madden Lindley boots, bold gold Citizen watch, and a hat (hair takes up way too much time).”

favourite places to shop (local):

LYNN steven, oliver & lilly’s, charlie and lee

favourite places to shop (mainstream):

club monaco, zara, nordstrom

don’t forget to follow erin on twitter.