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The Perfect Gift: Reader

The Perfect Gift: Reader

The presents are unwrapped and put away (or returned); the turkey is now leftovers; no work or email is clamouring for your immediate attention—the days post-Christmas are a perfect time to settle down with a good book, but probably not Proust. Here are a couple to consider. It was […]

Libations: Champagne

Libations: Champagne

Champagne is synonymous with New Years, but my theory is, Why wait?   Although I am a dedicated champagne “researcher” year round, this is prime champagne season. Two I have had tried recently (and kept the bottles of), and can highly recommend: Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve […]

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

Our tree is heavy with ornamentation. Of the vintage variety. I have collected these beautiful old (circa 1940 – 1950) decorations (obsessively) over the years, and this Christmas, a few cherished ones have joined the group: they came from my parents. Ours is the Christmas tree of yore, trimmed with mercury glass […]

Lip Saviour

Lip Saviour

When the temperature dips, lips can become dry and chapped, and in severe cases, cracked. French skincare brand, Nuxe, has created a luxurious lip balm to come to the rescue: Reve De Miel (Honey Dream) Lip Balm. Tested in Canada in extremely cold conditions, the […]

Shiny & Not New

Shiny & Not New

… but New to me— a chrome and glass bar cart and three crystal candle holders somehow came home with me from the city yesterday. I know, I know…but I wasn’t looking for these things…in fact we went into this pawn shop in search of car-related items for […]

Libations: Eggnog

Libations: Eggnog

The moment eggnog appeared on the grocery store shelves, was the moment that Sam has kept our fridge continually stocked with the stuff. In other words, since about Halloween. I made eggnog one year, and I still remember its marvellously fluffy, like-a-cloud consistency. Not at […]

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

As of this morning, the snow is softly falling (and steadily, that sneaky snow). After weeks of rain pounding down on our metal roof, it is striking how silent snow is. And beautiful; yes, I admit; beautiful. The teenager grunted and then kept sleeping when alerted to […]

Libations: Spirits

Libations: Spirits

After hours of Christmas shopping, holiday baking, sewing angel costumes for the kids concert, or whatever occupies your pre-Christmas days, there is nothing like a cocktail at days end. In winter, light wanes early so a late-ish afternoon drink is pleasing (and perfectly acceptable). Turn on […]

But Who’s Counting?

But Who’s Counting?

My youngest son has put a Christmas Clock up on my computer. I can now tell you—to the second—how far away Christmas is. Alarmingly, close I’ve discovered; and getting closer every time I look! The tree is up.The top mere inches away from our 12 foot […]

Vintage Dior Saddlebag

Vintage Dior Saddlebag

Unlike shopping retail where you go to buy a particular thing; vintage is quite the opposite, in that, you never know what you are going to find. Sometimes it’s nothing, and sometimes it’s a Dior saddle bag in navy leather. The Specs: Vintage purse from 1980/90s. Hidden magnetic closure […]