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Get These If You Plan to Propose on Valentine’s Day

my phone is off for you

Valentine’s Day is one night where many guys decide to pop the question. If this is what you have in mind, guys, here are three uncommon things — besides your caring attention, true love and good look — that will set the right mood.

First of all, tell her that she has your undivided attention with this handkerchief. And you mean it since wrapping your phone inside this hanky blocks any calls and texts. Continue Reading

GIFT IDEAS

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Grooming Gifts for Him and Her

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

The Canadian indie bloggers of Style Collective – I’m a member – decided to do a round-up of what we consider to be awesome gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day. I split the gift ideas into 3 parts. I start this coverage with what you can use on your bathroom.

1. Sameera of Well.ca

“Have your man try something new and shave the old-fashioned way with Natural Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Soap ($5.95 CAD) and the Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Brush ($7.47 CAD) for a more comfortable, quality shave. You can warm up together in the tub with Aura Cacia aromatherapy ($3.59 CAD), and sip mugs of Cocoa Camino ($8.59 CAD), which offers a yummy-licious array of indulgent cocoa products.”

It sounds like a great date, Sameera. These products are available at Well.ca.

2. Janine from BeautyGeeks

“For him, Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Kiehl’s shave oil together deliver the closest. shave. ever. The Dermalogica buffing cloth is a bracing a.m. body wake-up and exfoliating superstar. For her, the LoveFresh gift box, with delish Pomegranate sugar scrub and body butter, is loaded with natural oils and moisturizers for silky, luscious limbs.”

I would like to try the scrubs. It sounds marvelous.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, $14.99 at drugstores; Kiehl’s Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31-0 Shave Oil, $26 at kiehls.ca; Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth, $24 at dermalogica.ca; LoveFresh Body Goodies Scrubalicious Gift Box, $42 at lovefresh.com

3. Claire from ChickAdvisor

“Nothing says sexy time on Valentine’s Day like a shower. We can’t get enough of these cheeky Soap & Glory products. The flirty scents contain delicious notes of citrus, bergamot, mandarin, jasmine and freesia on a mix of musks, sandalwood, vanilla and amber. As for the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, the name alone is enough to make us want it.”

I like the vintage packaging.

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls body wash, $9.99 CAD; Scrub ’Em & Leave ’Em body buff, $14.99 CAD; Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, $9.99 CAD; all at Shoppers Drug Mart.

FOOD + DRINK RECIPES + menus

Remarkable Packaging of Sinnvolle Schokolade

sinnvolle schokolade packaging

sinnvolle schokolade packaging

I wish I could buy these German chocolate here. The concept is great. Each package is for a different flavor and refers to a particular emotion.

Trost refers to consolation (according to the Google translator). The milk chocolate block comes with the spoon. It is perfect to give to your best friend when they guy she likes does not return her call. Liebe refers to love. Glück is how I feel after eating a piece of excellent chocolate: happy!

SOURCING:
+ Sinnvolle Schokolade Trost, Glückor Liebe 8,50 € at Design3000
+ brand web site: Sinnvolle Schokolade

DESIGN and style LIVING

Shwowp will put the Wow into Shopping

introducing shwowp.com

Shwowp is a project launched by two extremely talented persons: my husband Jérôme Paradis and Tara Hunt (@missrogue). As a consumer and a blogger, I am very excited by what they wish to accomplish with Shwowp. I cannot reveal you more at this point but I know that it will interest you. But I wish to invite you to sign up to be the first to learn how they will put the Wow into online shopping.

Little Bit More about Tara Hunt

the whuffie factor by tara hunt

In case you do not know, Tara Hunt published a wonderful book about the power social media earlier this year. Her book is titled The Whuffie Factor. I encourage you to read it. Tara tells us why and how to build social capital through our actions and the conversations we have in social networks. It is a marketing book that can be useful whether you are building a startup, you own a small business or you work for a large corporation. It would make a wonderful affordable Christmas gift.

SOURCING:
+ More details on Shwowp
+ The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt $16.50 USD

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Stylish Bento Boxes for Him and Her

elegant masculine bento boxes

There is something about bento boxes that made them desirable. We often see the same ones. So I dig to see if I could find something different. Bento & Co carries products that are normally unavailable in the North American market. In fact, I was in awe with so many products that I will do two posts.

Bento Boxes for Him

Men do not wish to bring at work the cheerful bento boxes that we typically see here. As more people are getting concern with eating healthy food, I feel there is a market for bringing lunch at work. If you do not wish to cook your own lunch, why not plan with a local caterer a week of lunch meals? Bring your Bento boxes and ask them to set up your meal by day. One the morning, you just need to grab a bag.

Bento & Co proposes stylish masculine boxes. Select from the professional-grade stainless steel Zen boxes or the classic black boxes. The elegant fake-wood boxes go inside the microwave and are dishwasher safe.

Cool Way to Carry your Bento Boxes

chic ways to carry your bento boxes for her

Bento & Co also sells kits with one or two bento boxes, a chopsticks carrier and an assorted bag. A belt is used to secure the boxes and chopsticks carrier. It is really elegant.

Another way is the furoshiki wrapping technique. Here they have done the basic wrap.  The 100% cotton tea pot furoshiki looks great.

About Bento & Co

Founded by a Frenchman and his wife who lives in Kyoto, Japan, Bento & Co ships in many European countries, in Canada and in the United States. The only thing is that their site is only in French as far as I know. But there are lots of pictures for you to understand each product. They support Paypal.

SOURCING:
+ Dragon Black box 18.80 EUR, set 31.80 EUR
+ Zen 02 41.80 EUR
+ Bento Ajira fake wood 19.80 EUR
+ Furoshiki Tea Pot wrapping fabric 5.50 EUR
+ Kimono Pink Long box 17.80 EUR, set 29.80 EUR

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Stationery on the Go by Carrie and Tuck | Time Saving Ideas

stationery notetote Carrie and Tuck :: Russell + Hazel mini binder

We are constantly on the moves. If we can take advantage on all the moments we wait or relax outside our house to do write down ideas, to do list or complete our social correspondence, we would have more time on our hands.

The Concept

This is why I was thrilled when Carrie and Tuck contacted me to sample their notetotes.

Jane Boatman Geller was inspired to create a functional and fashionable tote to take to the beach, the pool or on vacation. The tote holds social stationery as well as the writing tools to keep in touch with friends and family.

I requested the hot pink model. I am even more excited now. Their tote closely matched the Russell + Hazel mini binder that I used to write down suppliers, keep small sheets of paper and store long-lasting tips.

For my projects, I started used the Action Book by Behance. Even if I am an electronic age girl, I enjoy the freedom of a pen and paper.

Nice Gift Ideas

The tote is nicely done. The writing accessories stay well in place. It has my seal of approval. Carrie and Tuck provides even more stationery pattern options as refill packs, available for $18 each.

Remember this notetote as this would make a wonderful birthday gift or a baby shower gift.

SOURCING:
+ Bright Pink Notetote by Carrie and Tuck – price: $39 USD
+ Russell & Hazel Mini Binders at Upper Case Gallery – price: $16 CAD
+ Action Book by Behance – price: $15 USD

DESIGN and style LIVING

Active Crystals in the latest Violet and Jet Hematite

active crystals by philips swarowski

These are gift ideas for the fashionable girls who have everything. They are off track for my blog but at least they are stylish. And everyone knows that being fashionable is a proven method to get invited to the coolest parties. So!

Beautiful and practical memory keys

The next time you assist at a meeting or stand at a kiosk of a trade show be prepared and wear your USB Memory Keys as a jewelry piece. It is practical because if you like to wear dresses as much as I do, you know that pockets are rare. So you cannot carry around your USB Memory Key with you all the time.

My only complaint about the Active Crystals Heart model is that is only comes in the 1 MG capacity. I expect higher capacity options for a high end product. But from a style point, it is the prettiest USB memory key on the market.

Stylish in-ear headphones

It used to be that wearing the white iPod earphones was considered hot. Now, you need more to impress your girl friends. Before your steps in the trendiest coffee shop, make sure to wear the SPACE in-ear headphones in the latest Violet or Jet Hematite color.

SPACE in-ear headphones are made with polished stainless steel body and high quality fabric-type cable. The soft and flexible earpiece is made of transparent silicone with fully faceted drop-cut Violet crystals on outside. I would like to get a pair. Does anyone can tell me about the sound quality?

Sourcing:
Buy online: Heart Ware Vitrail Light USB Memory Key – price: $ 210 CAD
Buy online: Space Violet Headphones – price: $105 CAD