Take The Pain of Shopping Away with #SuiteTash at Holt Renfrew!


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Shopping can be fun but let’s admit it, it can also be tedious.  From finding the ultimate dress for a special event to the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans it can take hours of fruitless rummaging  around that can many times lead you nowhere.

I recently went to visit my friend Natasha at her new posting at Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale, because she promised to have a solution to finding the perfectly edited wardrobe or even just the exact right piece for any occasion and I actually think she just might.

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The personal shopping suites at the newly renovated Holt Renfrew at Yorkville mall are unlike any other.  Outfitted with just the right amount of mood lighting, air conditioning (change rooms can get so dang hot!), hydrators (from water to wine) and snacks (shopping is hard work and deserves sustenance) you feel instantly at home.  Well maybe at your really fancy great aunt’s home, but home nonetheless.

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Pineapple Jack-o-Lantern!


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You most likely saw my inspiration for this a few weeks back in our Pin-spiration section.  I thought it was such a cute idea but was still going to keep it traditional with pumpkin jack-o-lanterns.

I propped H up on a step stool, put the pumpkin (her pumpkin) on a cutting board and just as I was about to insert the knife into it’s perfect orange flesh I heard,

“Nooooooo Mamaaaaa!  No hurt pumkiiiiiiin”  wail out beside me.

You see I had somehow forgot that she had been walking around town for two straight weeks with this little guy.  Pumpkin was her friend, her confident.  And though she had tried, on a number of occasions, to bite said bestie, there was no knife being inserted by her Mama (or anyone for that matter) into her beloved.



So there we were.  All prepped and ready to make some jack-o-lanterns but without a preferred subject and with one very agitated not even two year old.  Bubble Guppies and couch snuggles with her favourite blanket to the rescue! As I sat there trying as hard as I could to keep myself from falling asleep (or going crazy) while watching The Guppy and the Ring for the one hundred and eightieth time, I couldn’t get my desire to insert some kind of tradition into this holiday.  To have some kind of representation of my favourite holiday in our home.  Lack of time has it so I don’t have a halloween costume, or even a plan to go anywhere, so I just really needed to have some kind of jack-o-lantern in my house, dang it!

Enter pineapple.

I snuck over to the kitchen with a promise of pineapple slices (a current fave) and quietly gutted a pineapple, carved a little face, threw a candle under it.  Without creating much fanfare I quietly suggested that H look over to where I had placed the jack-o-lanter.  She walked over, pineapple slice in hand and said:

“ohhh, mumma.  Jack-lantern.  Scary”  and giggled.  Turning quickly on her heels and straight back to Bubble Guppy land.

If you have the same issue with pumpkins in your house, have an aversion to pumpkins, don’t have a ton of space, or just want to spice things up a bit, why not try putting a tropical twist to the average Halloween decor.  Added bonus, they actually smell quite nice while being lit from inside.  Negative – they may weep with liquid, so make sure to place a plate or something under it to catch the liquid.

Here’s how (basically exactly like a pumpkin, but who doesn’t like steps):


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Get The Look And Be Entered To Win A Trip to NYC With Amex Canada!


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This fall has presented us with a ton of trends.  Some classic, the ones we see every year, cable knits, deep earthy tones, and then there are the updates – the fresh takes on Fall fashion.

This year I’m loving the mix.  Not only between high and low priced fashion but also the mix of fabrics, colours and textures.   Both H&M and Suzy Shier, known for their fast affordable fashion, have mastered the mix this season and here are a few of my favourites:

Earthy tones.  Hat, mandatory:






Solids with prints:

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Shopping doesn’t always have to break the bank and with retailers such as H&M and Suzy Shier providing great on-trend options, you can pick up a few more things to spruce things up this season.  Plus both of these stores are part of the American Express #Passion4Fashion contest that I shared with you a little while back.  Yes, shopping at either of these stores with your Amex will instantly enter you to win an all expenses paid trip to NYC!


All you have to do is register your card HERE, take a look at all the participating stores and get down to the serious business of shopping!  Every purchase counts so shop till ya drop until November 14th!





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