Gift Guide Featurette: Little Luxuries handmade accessories and photography props


Today's featurette is for all of your mama's of cute little girls, tweens, teens and women who like to add a little extra something to their outfit. Little Luxuries is a handmade accessory and photography prop shop created by London, Ontario designer Angela Donaldson.

With a focus on vintage, bohemian and chic design, Angela creates each item from scratch in her home studio...while chasing around her busy 2 year old daughter! A few things that you'll find at Little Luxuries are handmade brooches and pins, rustic chic hair clips, maternity sashes, handmade ruffle rompers and the sweetest burlap and fabric crowns.


Angela has been busy this fall creating a whole new line of inspired accessories for women and girls. Coming soon to Little Luxuries are bohemian feather headbands, newborn crowns for boys, and tulle puff flowers for brooches, pins and hair accessories!


At Little Luxuries, you can be sure that you are getting handmade items that are created with heart and inspiration. Angela pays particular attention to detail to ensure all edges are perfectly finished, the prettiest embellishments attached, and elements coordinated to create the most gorgeous accessories.

Here's a sneak peek at what is coming in 2014 for Little Luxuries!




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Gift Guide Featurette: Noogle, kid inspired graphic design


Noogle is your one stop shop on Etsy for party printables, childrens room decor and wall art, and learning activities such as flash cards and busy bags! Created by Shannon, busy working-mom to a toddler, with the philosophy that learning and partying should be, well, fun, Noogle is focused on providing quality, creative items for whatever your need.

I have personally ordered party invitations, tent cards for our food buffet, and signs for the front door and have never been disappointed in what we have received. Each item is printed and cut with precision, packaged with care and delivered well before my deadline.

Shannon also takes extra time to work with you to ensure that your designs are perfect. Check out this pirate party invitation that she designed for Owen 3rd birthday party.

Noogle also offers digital design and printables so that you can print at home, or at your desired printer. If you're in a time crunch, this option is really awesome. For our Halloween party, I wanted to send out a quick email invite, so I had Shannon whip up a spooky, creepy design. She did a fantastic job and all of our guests were impressed.

As a special treat for you.....


If you don't see it in the shop, or have a specific idea in mind, just send Shannon a Convo and she can create whatever it is that will fit with your event, children's room, or party!

Happy holidays from Noogle!

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Gift Guide Featurette: Jamberry Nails by Duin Nails

Need to look extra fancy this holiday season, but don't want to spend the time {or have the headache of messing up} on your nails? Cheryl Duin, independent Jamberry Nails consultant, has the answer for you!
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Jamberry Nail wraps are sold in a huge variety of colors, patterns and textures, with enough sparkle to get you all the way through the holiday season. They are packaged beautifully, and make great stocking stuffers too!

A few of my faves...


This holiday gift set gets top marks from me. I absolutely LOVE the gold crisscross pattern and could see it elegantly paired with leather skinny pants, booties, and an oversized white sweater. Holiday perfection!


And if you're not quite into nail art just yet, try the new Jamberry Professional Nail Lacquer! They come in stunning shades, and Cardinal is at the top of my list for holiday nails. Pair it with a shimmery champagne or gold holiday dress, black tights and a pair of sparkly heels and you have a knock out holiday outfit.

As always, when you order your nail wraps Cheryl has an amazing Buy three get one free deal!

Order your nail wraps and lacquer for the holidays now and be ahead of the nail art trend with Jamberry Nails, Cheryl Duin.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Gift Guide Featurette: Shari's Passion Parties

Looking to heat things up this holiday season? Look no further than the doctor of passion and sexual health, Shari's Passion Parties. With a huge variety of products, you are sure to find something for everyone naughty or nice on your list!


I absolutely love Shari's approach to her business. It's not about sex; it's about promoting healthy sexual relationships, growing your confidence as a woman and treating yourself every now and then. She believes in being passionate about yourself first, which is a really refreshing attitude toward sexual health and the intimate relationship we have with ourselves.

As a gal who loves a good bubble bath and luxurious bath products, I was immediately drawn to the Winter Skin for Her set, in Coconut Lemongrass.





This amazing set includes toning butter, refreshing bath and shower creme, and pure satisfaction, with a bonus spa soak and mist!! Pretty amazing, and what a lovely scent option. I haven't seen coconut lemongrass before, so was really excited to see this offered by Passion Parties.

Living up North means one thing, dry skin in winter. The cure all for it? Sugar scrubs. Sloughing off all of the dry skin promotes new cell generation, and with Passion Parties, they have a luxurious sugar scrub offered in three beautiful scents: Plumeria, Coconut Lemongrass and Pomegranate Ginger, which is the perfect holiday scent!


The sugar scrub is infused with Vitamin C to promote toning and tightening, Vitamin E and jojoba oil for moisturizing, is paraben free and is made to condition, nourish and polish your skin.

The Soft and Silky After Shave Protection Mist is the perfect stocking stuffer for any woman on your list. We all know the feeling; we get in the shower and it's just.so.warm that we don't want to get out. But the inevitable happens; goosebumps and dry skin after shaving when we step out of the little steam box we've created. Then the chafing against our tights, leggings and jeans! Oh, the chafing!


Soft & Silky After Shave Protection Mist creates a barrier between your newly shaven gams and your pants, making it just a little more bearable when we get a goosebump or two! With pure botanical extracts, this mist is made to nourish!

Love yourself this holiday season and pick up a few treats from Shari's Passion Parties for your own stocking! Amplify intimacy, discover joy, and love yourself.



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Gift Guide Featurette: Bellacoco Designs

If you have a little girl on your gift giving list for Christmas 2013, you will want to check out the incredibly cute and trendy accessories handmade by London, Ontario designer Bellacoco Designs.


Bellacoco, which means "beautiful pumpkin" was born out of one mom's want to create pretty little things for her twin girls. Designer Mary-Ann Fougere then started making tutus, tutu dresses and accessories and a whole company was formed.


Mary-Ann saw alot of pastel and baby-like accessories on the market when Bellacoco Designs came to be. She wanted to create some really funky, fun and functional accessories, and I think she hit the nail on the head!



Each accessory is handmade, meaning that care, precision and attention to detail are taken by Mary-Ann to ensure that your item is perfect. With endless theme and color possibilities, the sky is the limit with Bellacoco Designs!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Stocking Stuffers by Under Armour

My absolute favorite part of Christmas is finding awesome stocking stuffers. Usually, my list includes the standard toiletries, favorite candy and chocolate, and then a few items that I know the recipient would absolutely love.

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Under Armour has put together a great selection of easy stocking stuffers for Christmas 2013. Among my faves are...

Womens Neon Liner Socks 6 pack

Womens UA Armour Wrap (for hair)

Illusion 24oz. Quick Shot Squeeze Bottle

Socks and underwear are pretty typical stocking stuffers, so make sure that you are giving the runner on your list comfortable ones that are stylish, too. The UA Pure Stretch Cheeky and Pure Stretch Thong are great options that move with you, while making sure that there is no bunching, slipping, sliding or panty lines to worry about.

Skinny headbands are always a great choice for stocking stuffers too!

Find it all in the UA Best Stocking Stuffer Holiday Gift Guide!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I am a brand ambassador for Under Armour.


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Happy Holidays from Under Armour!

The holidays are here early at Under Armour and we are celebrating the release of our new holiday gift guide with FREE SHIPPING until November 26!


Oh....and there's no minimum order! So stock up, or feel awesome getting that one item that you were really hoping to get for yourself for your winter training.

So what's in the gift guide for Christmas 2013?

My top selection for her is the UA Printed Fly-By Turtleneck. This turtleneck features long sleeves with thumbholes to help keep your hands warm, and is built from a super breathable fabric which is great for athletes.


For guys we have the Cold Gear Infared Armour Fleece Storm 1/4 Zip Hoodie. Every guy likes to relax, and this is perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons watching football, then playing a game of pick up road hockey with the guys.


And don't forget the kiddos! Headbands for the girlie girl on your list


And basketball sneakers for the boys

Happy holiday from Under Armour!! FREE SHIPPING expires November 26th, so shop now and stock up!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I am a brand ambassador for Under Armour. 


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Crave Handmade...Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

I am so excited to introduce you to the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide by Crave Handmade! Melissa, Crave Handmade's founder, has been working very hard to bring you only the best of the best in handmade, and after looking through the catalog last night, I am even prouder than I already was to be on her team.

There are wares for kiddos, art collectors, those who love bath and body, and those who crave wearable statement pieces.



Open publication - Free publishing - More gift guide

Support handmade this holiday season!

A huge thanks to Melissa from Crave Handmade for putting this fantastic catalog of handmade {with love} together!
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