Love Lock

Chain-Door-Lock-Necklace-3The Tiffany’s heart-lock necklace might have been on every girl’s wish list a decade ago but this time around, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Coach and more have made the padlock the charm of choice to hang around your neck.

JaneRoseDesigns - Heart Padlock Necklace - $150.00

JaneRoseDesigns – Heart Padlock Necklace – $150.00

We are loving this big thick chain and a hefty heart-shaped lock from local Etsy Shop, JaneRoseDesigns.

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Michael Kors Padlock Necklace – $175.00

We can’t help but think this pretty bling is going to be as big as pearls were in 2014.

Us filthy gals were getting excited seeing this unmistakably trendy look on the runways – but not too thrilled with the high prices.  Armed with the love a creative challenge, we stumbled across the talented Kirsten Nunez’s DIY Rodarte Padlock Necklace on her website, Studs and Pearls.  Our New Year’s resolution is to focus on nurturing our creativity and this DIY will be a lovely way to kick off January 2015.

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Let us know in the comments below if you will be sporting gritty homage to Tiffany’s refined lock, if you’ll join us in a DIY or if you will simply use your trendy accessories as a love lock that couples are placing on bridges around the world.  However you sport the padlock necklace, it will certainly be high-impact finish on an outfit.

Eye-catching Trend

EyeIt may sound eerie but ocular pieces have been staring back at us lately.  Big fashion labels like Vera Wang and Kenzo Takada unleashed the power of the all-seeing eye in their outfits for their Fall/Winter 2013 collections.  Do you want to get in on this eye-catching look?  Take a scroll through our favorite picks of clothes, stylish accessories and eye-poppin’ home decor.

FrostWe’ve been loving this Insight Necklace ($430) from Lulu Frost.  This statement necklace features several eye-shaped links with allover crystal embellishment.
1010101Enjoy a good pairing of eyeball shirts and peplum skirts!  How about this amazing winky eyeball blouse from Primark?  On a side note, let your eyes wander on over to this gals website – she has great style.
all-seeing-eye-5We found a few design ideas that translate the all-seeing eye trend from runway to room. These playful pillows will help you wake up bushy tailed and bright eyed.  We would have loved this in my teenie-boppin’ years.  

From the mystical third eye to the protective evil eye, and even to the cartoonish googly eye, peepers have suddenly taken the fashion world by storm — and even we didn’t see this one coming!  What’s your favorite ocular trend do you have your eye on?

Local Mother’s Day

Show your Momma some love by shopping local this Mother’s Day.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Mother’s Day gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

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Cat’s Cradle Ceramic Dish – $45.00 CAD

Local Father-Daughter Team, Una and Aleks, from Whistle And Work created this amazing hand-painted, ceramic dish.  The illustration is an intricate game of Cat’s Cradle, which my Momma taught me how to play at a very young age.  We certainly did spend a lot of time futzing with the Cat’s Cradle string.  This ceramic dish is perfect for any nostalgic Mother-Daughter pair.  The dish is very versatile and can be used to store soaps, jewelry or candies.  I can picture my Mom eating a big piece of chocolate cake off it.  Whatever Mom will use it for, it will always remind her of her babies.

Leather Statement Necklace - $65.77 CAD

Leather Statement Necklace – $65.77 CAD

Kostimusha is such an amazing Etsy shop – it’s impossible to pick a favorite piece.  Kostimusha’s pieces are often asymmetrical, rough and purposely imperfect. They celebrate individuality, uniqueness and creative freedom. All items in the shop are handmade with an emotion and with great attention paid on detail.  I love the idea of a leather statement necklace as a gift for Mom as these types of necklaces are rare and instantly upgrade a look to edgy chic.  My Momma is a motorcycle biker and a school teacher.  This statement necklace is edgy, feminine and unique – just like Mom.  It would also compliment her everyday clothing like jeans, leather or even a little black dress.

Mother's Day Card - $7.88 CAD

Mother’s Day Card – $7.88 CAD

Mom makes life more beautiful.  Why not reciprocate her pretty ways and send her a little bouquet of beauty?  I’ll be sending Mom a card this Mother’s Day and I am especially loving this sweet and savvy greeting created by Rovena at Handmade By Rovena.  The handmade card features a gently raised bouquet of pink cherry blossoms and sweet white flowers. The bouquet is wrapped up with baker’s twine for a nice finishing touch – perfect for Mom.  Be sure to check out Handmade By Rovena for all of your stationary needs. Rovena has a heap of quirky cards that reflect her life as a mother, a scientist and a creative paper artist.

Setting Free the Bears - Silkscreened Cotton Tote Bag - $22.00 CAD

Silk-screened Cotton Tote Bag – $22.00 CAD

My Mom is a total sucker for tote bags.  She uses them to carry school work, as a plastic bag alternative and to haul around her usual stack of library books.  This grizzly bear tote bag is designed and screen printed by Heart’s Haven.  The tote is called “Setting Free the Bears!” which is named after the famous John Irving novel.  We know book-loving Momma would adore this tote.  And who in their right mind could resist the grizzly bear?!  This strong cotton tote bag is also perfect for Mom as it can probably carry 100 times more than she can carry.  Go check out Heart’s Haven shop you for more awesome handmade accessories.

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub - $11.88 CAD

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub – $11.88 CAD

Does your Momma love bubble baths and beauty products?  It’s certainly the case with my Mom and I.  As a fellow bath and beauty lover, I feel like I have the authority to tell you not to miss out on this local ‘n’ lovely organic beauty shop called The Basic Elements.  The best part about The Basic Elements is that their products are 100% safe for Moms skin!  Their products are free of chemicals, detergents, dyes, synthetics and preservatives.  This restorative seaweed scrub is perfect for pampering Momma.  The scrub will detoxify, polish and massage her skin.  But wait, there’s more!  The seaweed scrub contains nourishing grapeseed and essential oils that condition and soften the skin.  Check The Basic Elements Etsy Shop frequently as they are often rolling out new products every few weeks.

Vintage Potato Masher - $8.00 CAD

Potato Masher – $8.00 CAD

Because our Momma makes the best mashed potatoes!  I love, love, love the Coco And Bear Etsy Shop.  Coco And Bear is full of unique vintage finds for your home, office or business.  It’s really well merchandised and we love their style of photography.  This farmhouse style potato masher is simply amazing.  I remember a similar masher in my Mothers kitchen.  Just looking at this photograph, I can picture Mom rattling those pots and pans during a long holiday weekend.  Often she would pass the wirey potato masher to me over a pot of steaming potatoes and say, “Have at it!”  If your Mom loves that shabby chic style, this would be a great lil’ addition to her home.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the coolest lady in your life.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Mother’ Day gifts.  Nothing could make your Momma more proud than buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!