Haute Holidaze

It’s December and Christmas is only a week away.  Although we love our  velvets, jacquards and sequins – sometimes we just wanna be warm to beat the December chill.  Today we are drawing inspiration from our favorite cozy and effortless ensembles via Instagram.  After-all December is a month that feels (and looks) like one long, extended party.  These looks are suitable for each and friendly fêtes, winter walks and cookie swaps.

Cap It Off With A Cape

Eleonora Carisi

Blanket-like things aren’t just for your couch — they also come in stylish-cape form, like Eleonora Carisi’s.  This burgundy number looks just as good paired with miniskirts and knee-high boots as it does with your PJs.

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Cap It Off With A Cape

The jeans-and-sweater outfit — our winter go-to — can sometimes feel a little schlepp-y. Layering a button-up underneath your knit will add instant polish. For work, swap the trainers for loafers and you’re golden.

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Cozy & Polished

We’d have a pep in our step, too, if we were donning Valentina Siragusa’s outfit. Between her fluted skirt, metallic-gold Tory Burch crossbody, and Stella McCartney platform oxfords, there’s a lot to love.

Get (Kinda) Fancy In A Fluted Hem

Valentina Siragusa

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Get (Kinda) Fancy In A Fluted Hem

For more warm looks to beat the December chill, feel free to check out some pretty photographs from this source: Refinery29.

Xmas Postal Deadlines

You wrote your cards.  You’ve bought your gifts.  You put up your decorations.  You can’t wait for your ugly x-mas sweater from Etsy to arrive.  Speaking of arrivals – did you know that it is the busiest time of the year for the postal service?  Now is a perfect time to check out the Postal Service’s holiday-mailing deadlines so you can receive packages in time.   Below is a little cheat sheet in case you are too busy soaking your teeth with rum-spiked eggnog to click those links.  😉
Shipping to Canada

Priority(Rush) December 23
Xpresspost™ (Fast) December 22
Regular Parcel™ (Most Economical) December 11

Shipping to USA

Priority™ Worldwide (Rush) December 22
Xpresspost™ (Fast) December 16
Expedited Parcel™ – USA(Most Economical) December 8

Shipping to Europe

Priority™ Worldwide (Rush) December 19
Xpresspost™ (Fast) December 8

Shipping to Australia

Priority™ Worldwide (Rush) December 18
Xpresspost™ (Fast) December 8

2013 December Markets

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JUNCTION FLEA!
Sunday December 15th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
http://junctionflea.com/
The Junction Flea features a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records and more. Check out their BLOG to keep up to date with all the latest Flea news.

Parkdale Flea

Parkdale Flea
December 14th & December 15th
Saturday December 14th – 1:00 PM – Midnight
Sunday December 15 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 pm
http://www.parkdaleflea.com/
Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectables, Local Artisans and Designers.  The Parkdale Flea has impeccable taste and high standards when choosing their participants.

logo with website addressThe Leslieville Flea
December 15th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
www.leslievilleflea.com
At the Leslieville Flea you will be able to shop from over 50 vendors selling vintage, salvage, up-cycled, handcrafted designs and food vendors to keep you fueled.  Cost: FREE!

Market01Lowe’s Christmas Market
November 15th – December 15th
Monday to Friday 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
http://torontochristmasmarket.com/
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market.  Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products.  Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.  Check out the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market 2013 event schedule along with the unique list of Christmas Market children’s activities.

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Kensington’s Annual Winter Solstice
7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
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The Kensington Market Winter Solstice parade is a tried-and-true tradition (now in its 24th year) that, quite literally, lights up the longest, darkest night of the year.  How, you ask? With the aid of a procession of lantern-holders, and a finale event that sees fire-throwers and the burning of an effigy.  At 7:00 PM gather at the corner of Oxford St. and Augusta Ave.  Then slowly make your way (wielding lanterns) to Alexandra Park, led by a marching band.  For the 2013 coverage of the Kensington Market Winter Solstice parade, click here.