May your days be merry, green and bright

Trending this holiday season are electronic and personally designed cards. A few colleagues and close friends have been jumping on this bandwagon. This is the easiest way to send loved ones a holiday card where they can open anywhere around the world.

Sending an electronic card doesn’t have to be expensive. This season I sent holiday greetings using both Mail Chimp and Punchbowl. They’re both free and you can add your own touches and images for a small cost. The great part is that you can track how many people have opened your card, add recipients at anytime and even attach gift certificates. Save the worry and ‘go green’ this season.
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Holiday Thank You

We’re INTO IT: flawless finish-Marcelle, Maybelline & Vichy

Between work, the gym, meal planning and Christmas errands the December stress can add up and have a major effect on our skin. Figuring out what products work best is always a challenge, especially when there are always new options. We’ve figured out some reliable cosmetic options to help you have flawless coverage.

Primer
Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra Light Matifying Fluid

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Hydra-C Ultra Light Matifying Fluid nourishes your skin without shine. It’s a fantastic primer for a soft finish. Whether this is your only product or the first step of your routine it’s a definite MUST try.It retails for $23.95.

Concealer
Maybeline SuperStay 24HR Concealer

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Maybeline SuperStay 24HR Concealer  evens skin tones, hides redness and covers blemishes. It really does last a good 8 hours and retails for $11.99.

Foundation
Vichy DERMABLEND

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Vichy DERMABLEND  this is by far the best foundation I’ve tried in years. This product lasts, provides full coverage and feels light. It retails for $29.00.

Spruce up your holidays

Sprucing up your winter wardrobe can be fun and easy. It’s a great time to jazz up your closet with sparkles, metallics and wool. With that being said, one must remember to balance with neutrals and be tasteful. Here are some pieces to add to your winter attire. I’ve kept things on the affordable end to keep us on budget.

The Family Picture: a wool scarf
Adding a wool scarf with a touch of glam can bring any outfit from fall to winter in a matter of seconds. It’s nice to have a couple options on hand to change up your look for holiday pictures. Our favorite colours are beige, cream and black. Infinity or the classic wool scarf can be a tad on the expensive end so take your time with this purchase. We’ve both had success at Target, RW & Co. and Joe Fresh.

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Cream and black striped sequin scarf only $16.99, now available at Joe Fresh.

The Kitchen Party: a statement sweater
For the past two seasons, Amanda and I have rocked the statement holiday sweater. They seem to have grown in popularity and are a perfect touch to any party. A blush, cream or black paired with black tapered leggings remains timeless.  Take this look to the next level by pairing your sweater with a semi leather legging. We’ve had success at a number of stores the past two years. I found some great metallics and neutral sweaters online at Joe Fresh and they’re sale.

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Black sequin sweater from $39.99 now $19.00, now available at Joe Fresh.

The Post-Christmas Party: a winter headband
A winter headband remains one of my favorite looks this season. This timeless piece has yet to go out of style for 2014.  Not only does it keep our ears toasty but it’s a great way to add a pop of colour, especially when we’re suffering from a lack of vitamin D. (It’s also an option for a post Christmas party hair day). I recently purchased this fuschia coloured band from Target.

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Winter band only $12.99, now available at Target.

The Cabin: anything plaid
Okay, maybe it’s our Scottish roots but we love, love, love our plaid. This is a look that can transfer from fall to winter. Is you’re out an about for some outdoor fun, heading to a cabin or grabbing a beer with the guys this looks rocks. You’ll look low key and feel warm at the same time. When buying a plaid button up remember to find a tailored fit.  I stayed on budged for 3/4 items but this J Crew button-up is simply perfect. plaid
Deep Ivy Plaid shirt now available at J Crew.

Don’t let yourself squeeze into the sparkle

Let’s face it, over the holidays we’re going to indulge. It’s the one time of the year you can buy sausage rolls, have a supply of cookies and be stocked with Bailey’s ® Irish Cream. There’s no hiding it, we’re going to eat, drink and try to be merry.

Unfortunately the holidays does not allow us to completely fall off the rails. Instead of trying to drag yourself to the nearest gym, we’ve created a list of activities to keep you moving until New Year’s Eve. You’ve worked too hard to not look your best in your gold sparkly, sequin dress.

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Remember your grandparents use to nag you to try it?  Gather up a few friends and hit the hills. Did you know that one-hour of moderate cross-country skiing can burn over 500 calories? This makes getting outside with a tea worthwhile. Even if you’re in a rural area, try looking up a local ski lodge.  Typically, cross-country skis rentals are much cheaper than downhill.

Minutes: 60
Calories burned: 500

RUNNING A HOCKEY ARENA
If all else fails and a snowstorm hits and there’s no gym within 185 kilometers try running a hockey arena. My mom’s friends use to do this and would have a killer workout incorporating the stairs. The bonus, you get to watch hockey and it’s FREE.

Minutes: 30
Calories burned: 500

HOUSEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS
Instead of trying to think of a typical workout, try painting a small room. It will only take a half-day and you’ll instantly see results. Did you know that one-hour of painting burns over 300 calories? If painting is too messy, try reorganizing a room or shoveling a driveway.

Minutes: 60
Calories: 300

BOXING DAY SHOPPING
If you’re really not digging working out, grab your closest friends and get out to the closest mall. Spending a day walking from shop to shop is not only fun but a great cardio workout.  How many times have you left the mall exhausted and said “I must of walked five miles!” You don’t have to think outside the box, just get yourself moving.

Minutes: 60
Calories burned: 160

Regardless, enjoy the holidays and try to make some time for yourself.

We’re INTO IT: L’Oréal Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner

We plan to share products, clothes, places, food that we think you should add to your repetoire.

First off, this liquid eyeliner that will retail for no more than $10.00 at your local drug store. Even cheaper when L’Oréal products are on sale. It has great precision, lasts forever, doesn’t dry up, and tends to stay put for most of the day without wearing off (you can get it in waterproof too).  I think L’Oréal products are great and a middle of the road price point for the savvy consumer. Their millions of lashes mascara is a definite try for those who haven’t.

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Small but mighty

Jocelyn and Amanda approved!

*Note: these are not paid endorsements, we just like it!

Shop Around Halifax: Weekend deal recap

After spending the vast majority christmas shopping*, Jocelyn and I thought we should share some of our deals.  Some people are passionate about a hockey team, but for us our true passion and thrills in life come out of a great deal!

Boots Deal:

Most of us grew up with a Reitman’s and swore once we were old enough to never be forced to shop there again.  This store is a guilty pleasure, as they often have a few select pieces that are on trend for a great price. They have also carried boots and shoes for the past 4 years.  This weekend Jocelyn and I bought these really comfy western ankle booties for $20.00!! They are sold out online, but if you are looking for a trendy boot to add to your collecion, head into Reitman’s ASAP.

Available in suede and leather

Available in suede and leather

These are more of a great subtle burgundy in person.

These are more of a great subtle burgundy in person.

Clothing Deal:

I love Hudson’s Bay aka The Bay. Almost as much as I love Winners. This weekend was no exception.   Friday night we headed to Mic Mac Mall and scrummaged. They had deals on EVERYTHING. Marked down clothes were an extra 25% off. Regular prices were 40% off, so you really couldn’t go wrong.  I happen to really like the Jessica Simpson line, which isn’t to say I like Jessica Simpson celebrity. I decided to add more flair to my wardrobe and bought a pair of eclipse chords for $22.00 including taxes.

Eclipse means purplish blue.

Eclipse means purplish blue.

I also found a jean jacket for next spring/summer (this will be a long winter). It has an embroidery detail on the back (may update with a picture) and was only $22.00 with taxes again.

This was long overdue

This was a long overdue purchase

Stay tuned for more deals from the best shoppers in Halifax!

*Amanda Note: I use this term christmas shopping losely, as it turned into personal shopping as well.

Trending Kate Spade

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Chapters Indigo introduces Kate Spade New York.

During our shopping madness, Amanda and I returned to Chapters. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any sales items this weekend. Despite the disappointment, we were pleasantly surprised to find a line from Kate Spade New York. There are some fantastic gift ideas for under $30. I’m totally in love. If only someone would be clever enough to pick something up for me. Any takers?

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My favorite item were these fabulous bow push pins for $24.

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My second favorite item, the eraser set for $12. It’s practical and cute.