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Duty Free Shopping; My Consumer Duty

One of my favourite pastimes when traveling, is to hit the duty free…on the trip down of course, so that there’s always an opportunity to make additional purchases on the way home should the need arise. For me, traveling from YYZ equates to inflated prices that plague Canadian retail. Alas, flying with a stopover has an upside so consider that layover as an opportunity to value shop. Or even Better, head to The Bahamas where everything is duty free! Here are last week’s purchases from my amazing trip to Freeport, The Bahamas. Vacation post coming soon…

A few of my favourite things, Duty Free Edition 
1) Le Volume de Chanel - razzle & dazzle with long and lush lashes (it works)
2) Rose Essentielle Bvlgari perfume - a sweet, summery scent
3) Patron Silver - no explanation required

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Duty Free Shopping; My Consumer Duty

One of my favourite pastimes when traveling, is to hit the duty free…on the trip down of course, so that there’s always an opportunity to make additional purchases on the way home should the need arise. For me, traveling from YYZ equates to inflated prices that plague Canadian retail. Alas, flying with a stopover has an upside so consider that layover as an opportunity to value shop. Or even Better, head to The Bahamas where everything is duty free! Here are last week’s purchases from my amazing trip to Freeport, The Bahamas. Vacation post coming soon…

A few of my favourite things, Duty Free Edition 
1) Le Volume de Chanel - razzle & dazzle with long and lush lashes (it works)
2) Rose Essentielle Bvlgari perfume - a sweet, summery scent
3) Patron Silver - no explanation required

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Duty Free Shopping; My Consumer Duty

One of my favourite pastimes when traveling, is to hit the duty free…on the trip down of course, so that there’s always an opportunity to make additional purchases on the way home should the need arise. For me, traveling from YYZ equates to inflated prices that plague Canadian retail. Alas, flying with a stopover has an upside so consider that layover as an opportunity to value shop. Or even Better, head to The Bahamas where everything is duty free! Here are last week’s purchases from my amazing trip to Freeport, The Bahamas. Vacation post coming soon…

A few of my favourite things, Duty Free Edition 
1) Le Volume de Chanel - razzle & dazzle with long and lush lashes (it works)
2) Rose Essentielle Bvlgari perfume - a sweet, summery scent
3) Patron Silver - no explanation required

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Duty Free Shopping; My Consumer Duty

One of my favourite pastimes when traveling, is to hit the duty free…on the trip down of course, so that there’s always an opportunity to make additional purchases on the way home should the need arise. For me, traveling from YYZ equates to inflated prices that plague Canadian retail. Alas, flying with a stopover has an upside so consider that layover as an opportunity to value shop. Or even Better, head to The Bahamas where everything is duty free! Here are last week’s purchases from my amazing trip to Freeport, The Bahamas. Vacation post coming soon…

A few of my favourite things, Duty Free Edition
1) Le Volume de Chanel - razzle & dazzle with long and lush lashes (it works)
2) Rose Essentielle Bvlgari perfume - a sweet, summery scent
3) Patron Silver - no explanation required

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This week I’m dreaming of a timeless, elegant all-black silhouette (corporate wear people!!!) Muted make up, simple studs and a fabulous shoe complete the look I’m coveting. 

Here are a few versatile pieces that I’m digging. 

Rebecca Taylor 
Ponte Dress with Lace $398J brand
Midrise Super Skinny Pant $229

Banana Republic 
Hearts Crew $95

Jimmy ChooAmore Bootie SALE $395.00 at Davids, regular $795

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This week I’m dreaming of a timeless, elegant all-black silhouette (corporate wear people!!!) Muted make up, simple studs and a fabulous shoe complete the look I’m coveting. 

Here are a few versatile pieces that I’m digging. 

Rebecca Taylor 
Ponte Dress with Lace $398J brand
Midrise Super Skinny Pant $229

Banana Republic 
Hearts Crew $95

Jimmy ChooAmore Bootie SALE $395.00 at Davids, regular $795

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This week I’m dreaming of a timeless, elegant all-black silhouette (corporate wear people!!!) Muted make up, simple studs and a fabulous shoe complete the look I’m coveting. 

Here are a few versatile pieces that I’m digging. 

Rebecca Taylor 
Ponte Dress with Lace $398J brand
Midrise Super Skinny Pant $229

Banana Republic 
Hearts Crew $95

Jimmy ChooAmore Bootie SALE $395.00 at Davids, regular $795

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This week I’m dreaming of a timeless, elegant all-black silhouette (corporate wear people!!!) Muted make up, simple studs and a fabulous shoe complete the look I’m coveting. 

Here are a few versatile pieces that I’m digging. 

Rebecca Taylor 
Ponte Dress with Lace $398J brand
Midrise Super Skinny Pant $229

Banana Republic 
Hearts Crew $95

Jimmy ChooAmore Bootie SALE $395.00 at Davids, regular $795

││stuff ││
Zoom Info

This week I’m dreaming of a timeless, elegant all-black silhouette (corporate wear people!!!) Muted make up, simple studs and a fabulous shoe complete the look I’m coveting.

Here are a few versatile pieces that I’m digging.

Rebecca Taylor
Ponte Dress with Lace
$398

J brand
Midrise Super Skinny Pant $229

Banana Republic
Hearts Crew
$95

Jimmy Choo
Amore Bootie SALE $395.00 at Davids, regular $795

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The work clothes dilema

So it’s no secret that in the PR agency world, even as VP of a boutique firm, my wardrobe fundamentals often existed of: skinny jeans & cute / funky tops / dresses, albeit according to my daughter, not always age appropriate.

RHIANNON: Mom, stop dressing like a teenager

ME: When teenagers can afford $350 jeans and Miu Miu boots then you can say that

RHIANNON: Mom, you’re such a loser

I digress.

The point is that the transition from agency to corporate life has been wonderful and just what I needed which included finally, for lack of a better term, an OFFICE WARDROBE. I’m still in that awkward stage where I don’t quite know how to pick pieces that I can wear both in & out of the office (this must be my all or nothing Scorpio mentale).

All I know is that Banana Republic and Zara (along with my long loves Aritizia & Holts) are front and centre in my shopping life. Given that BR always has a crazy 40 or 50% off sale, it’s hard to resist. Here are a few of my fave BR pieces as we transition from the depths of winter to the outer depths of winter.

We have a shoe-tuation

Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, post-holiday blues, January mehs - either way you slice it, this time of year leads to self-indulgent spending in an effort to combat the above mentioned. Needless to say, the beckoning January sales paired with the charming salesmen at David’s, leave a girl to crumble and toss all sensibility out the door. Without further ado, here are few of my favourite things…January shoe edition.
Note: I was in no way conpensated by #Gucci or #GiuseppeZanotti (wistful sigh)

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We have a shoe-tuation

Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, post-holiday blues, January mehs - either way you slice it, this time of year leads to self-indulgent spending in an effort to combat the above mentioned. Needless to say, the beckoning January sales paired with the charming salesmen at David’s, leave a girl to crumble and toss all sensibility out the door. Without further ado, here are few of my favourite things…January shoe edition.
Note: I was in no way conpensated by #Gucci or #GiuseppeZanotti (wistful sigh)

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We have a shoe-tuation

Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, post-holiday blues, January mehs - either way you slice it, this time of year leads to self-indulgent spending in an effort to combat the above mentioned. Needless to say, the beckoning January sales paired with the charming salesmen at David’s, leave a girl to crumble and toss all sensibility out the door. Without further ado, here are few of my favourite things…January shoe edition.
Note: I was in no way conpensated by #Gucci or #GiuseppeZanotti (wistful sigh)

│stuff│
Zoom Info
We have a shoe-tuation

Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, post-holiday blues, January mehs - either way you slice it, this time of year leads to self-indulgent spending in an effort to combat the above mentioned. Needless to say, the beckoning January sales paired with the charming salesmen at David’s, leave a girl to crumble and toss all sensibility out the door. Without further ado, here are few of my favourite things…January shoe edition.
Note: I was in no way conpensated by #Gucci or #GiuseppeZanotti (wistful sigh)

│stuff│
Zoom Info

We have a shoe-tuation

Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, post-holiday blues, January mehs - either way you slice it, this time of year leads to self-indulgent spending in an effort to combat the above mentioned. Needless to say, the beckoning January sales paired with the charming salesmen at David’s, leave a girl to crumble and toss all sensibility out the door. Without further ado, here are few of my favourite things…January shoe edition.
Note: I was in no way conpensated by #Gucci or #GiuseppeZanotti (wistful sigh)

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A few of my favourite things…Christmas pressie edition

As the New Year arrives, everyone reluctantly starts getting back into the hustle and bustle of life (as if the holidays weren’t busy enough). This is the time that I personally, take to reflect and celebrate…my favourite Christmas gifts that is! Yes, this is my idea of personal growth. Mom, I’ve come so far from being that ungrateful brat who didn’t appreciate your artsy gifts. And if there’s something I want, I just buy it myself - a freedom that lets you appreciate the personal, thoughtful gifts you did receive from loved ones.

Clockwise from top: 1. From my mentor and great friend, PR Maven, Julie Rusciolelli gifted my this vintage Gucci that I have coveted when I was just a wee Account Coordinator working under her wing. True. Story. Also, Remodelista, a source book for considered living and great DIY projects (now that the NFL season is winding down). The best part of the gift - Julie and I are life long friends and I’m just blessed to have her in my life. 2. From my bff ever, skis. Cuz she knows that I need to hit the slopes with my man this winter. And, here I thought I was getting Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powder bc neither of us believe in growing old gracefully. 3. A pretty, sparkly, crystal bracelet that is just so me. Anyone who knows me, it’s earrings and bracelets only.
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Clockwise from top: 1. From my mentor and great friend, PR Maven, Julie Rusciolelli gifted my this vintage Gucci that I have coveted when I was just a wee Account Coordinator working under her wing. True. Story. Also, Remodelista, a source book for considered living and great DIY projects (now that the NFL season is winding down). The best part of the gift - Julie and I are life long friends and I’m just blessed to have her in my life. 2. From my bff ever, skis. Cuz she knows that I need to hit the slopes with my man this winter. And, here I thought I was getting Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powder bc neither of us believe in growing old gracefully. 3. A pretty, sparkly, crystal bracelet that is just so me. Anyone who knows me, it’s earrings and bracelets only.
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Clockwise from top: 1. From my mentor and great friend, PR Maven, Julie Rusciolelli gifted my this vintage Gucci that I have coveted when I was just a wee Account Coordinator working under her wing. True. Story. Also, Remodelista, a source book for considered living and great DIY projects (now that the NFL season is winding down). The best part of the gift - Julie and I are life long friends and I’m just blessed to have her in my life. 2. From my bff ever, skis. Cuz she knows that I need to hit the slopes with my man this winter. And, here I thought I was getting Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powder bc neither of us believe in growing old gracefully. 3. A pretty, sparkly, crystal bracelet that is just so me. Anyone who knows me, it’s earrings and bracelets only.
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Clockwise from top: 1. From my mentor and great friend, PR Maven, Julie Rusciolelli gifted my this vintage Gucci that I have coveted when I was just a wee Account Coordinator working under her wing. True. Story. Also, Remodelista, a source book for considered living and great DIY projects (now that the NFL season is winding down). The best part of the gift - Julie and I are life long friends and I’m just blessed to have her in my life. 2. From my bff ever, skis. Cuz she knows that I need to hit the slopes with my man this winter. And, here I thought I was getting Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powder bc neither of us believe in growing old gracefully. 3. A pretty, sparkly, crystal bracelet that is just so me. Anyone who knows me, it’s earrings and bracelets only.

My Grown Up Christmas List

It takes a tequila drinker to raise a village… Ok maybe not quite but, the spectacular Clase Azul provides guilt free indulgence and acts as a stylish decor element for any bar. Every bottle of Clase Azul is different, because it is hand made. Over 100 artisans in a single town mold, paint and decorate each bottle. I love brands that supports sustainable practices all while producing unrivaled quality & taste. This tequila is nothing short of SPECTACULAR - smooth and just delicious. (Disclaimer: my experience in this department is based solely on consumption).

The best part, the LCBO wouldn’t stock it - claiming the bottle wouldn’t fit on store shelves…so according to master distiller Arturo Lomeli, they made the bottle bigger. And guess what, it’s now available at select LCBOs.

So Santa, take your cookies and milk and please leave me a bottle of Clase Azul Reposado (apprx. $130 & available through Tres Amici Imports in Toronto).

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Clockwise from top: 1. Clase Azul Master Distiller Arturo Lomeli 2. Clase Azul tasting in Toronto 3. Choices, choices!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Clase Azul Master Distiller Arturo Lomeli 2. Clase Azul tasting in Toronto 3. Choices, choices!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Clase Azul Master Distiller Arturo Lomeli 2. Clase Azul tasting in Toronto 3. Choices, choices!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Clase Azul Master Distiller Arturo Lomeli 2. Clase Azul tasting in Toronto 3. Choices, choices!

Tis the season

Of…

Striking an amicable balance with the thermostat so that it teeters on warm n’ cozy not dry;

Lathering hands with lotion to keep them supple, not greasy;

Sewing and mending the seams of one’s skin (aka cracks, creases) including in no particular order, cuticles, lips, and skin in general especially the face;

And, generally recuperating from the weekend which may include extensive vocal exhaustion from football playoff excitement (NCAA & NFL),  dishpan hands from entertaining & cleaning and, many other scenarios.

The key to surviving the season is hydration. So in the spirit of battling forced air and all the other joys brought on by winter, I bring you the first of the series profiling, A few of my favourite things:

Chapter 1, Damn it’s cold, hence dry (see below)

Yours truly craving humidity,

Olga

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Clockwise from top: 1. Dr. Hauschkas Rose Day Cream: Nothing compares to this ultra-rich formula  which I very well believe, has delayed any need for fillers. $40 for 30 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. L’Occitane Hand Cream: A must for anyone that uses well, their hands (see typing, driving, general exposure to any elements). 3. #57 CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Gloss: Fabulous any time of year. Get it just because. 4. And, a special shout out to the only shimmery nail polish that has ever graced these nails: OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me. With true red undertones this fun colour is perfect for Christmas and Holiday celebrating, Tres fa-la-labulous!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Dr. Hauschkas Rose Day Cream: Nothing compares to this ultra-rich formula  which I very well believe, has delayed any need for fillers. $40 for 30 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. L’Occitane Hand Cream: A must for anyone that uses well, their hands (see typing, driving, general exposure to any elements). 3. #57 CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Gloss: Fabulous any time of year. Get it just because. 4. And, a special shout out to the only shimmery nail polish that has ever graced these nails: OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me. With true red undertones this fun colour is perfect for Christmas and Holiday celebrating, Tres fa-la-labulous!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Dr. Hauschkas Rose Day Cream: Nothing compares to this ultra-rich formula  which I very well believe, has delayed any need for fillers. $40 for 30 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. L’Occitane Hand Cream: A must for anyone that uses well, their hands (see typing, driving, general exposure to any elements). 3. #57 CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Gloss: Fabulous any time of year. Get it just because. 4. And, a special shout out to the only shimmery nail polish that has ever graced these nails: OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me. With true red undertones this fun colour is perfect for Christmas and Holiday celebrating, Tres fa-la-labulous!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Dr. Hauschkas Rose Day Cream: Nothing compares to this ultra-rich formula  which I very well believe, has delayed any need for fillers. $40 for 30 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. L’Occitane Hand Cream: A must for anyone that uses well, their hands (see typing, driving, general exposure to any elements). 3. #57 CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Gloss: Fabulous any time of year. Get it just because. 4. And, a special shout out to the only shimmery nail polish that has ever graced these nails: OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me. With true red undertones this fun colour is perfect for Christmas and Holiday celebrating, Tres fa-la-labulous!
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Clockwise from top: 1. Dr. Hauschkas Rose Day Cream: Nothing compares to this ultra-rich formula  which I very well believe, has delayed any need for fillers. $40 for 30 ml at Shoppers Drug Mart 2. L’Occitane Hand Cream: A must for anyone that uses well, their hands (see typing, driving, general exposure to any elements). 3. #57 CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Gloss: Fabulous any time of year. Get it just because. 4. And, a special shout out to the only shimmery nail polish that has ever graced these nails: OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me. With true red undertones this fun colour is perfect for Christmas and Holiday celebrating, Tres fa-la-labulous!

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