The Green Holiday Gift Guide: sustainable gifts you can feel good about giving to everyone on your list

I enjoy putting gift guides together, and I enjoy reading other bloggers’ gift guides. However, I am aware that there is some controversy surrounding them. With that in mind, I decided to put together a green holiday gift guide including experiences, sustainable fashion, sustainable beauty items, and a few other bits. I hope you find this useful! Let’s dive in, shall we?

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion


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LK Skincare: a review of a line designed to deliver results!

When an email from Leila, one of the owners of LK Skincare, popped up in my Gmail account in September asking me if I’d like to review their products I was, well, I was gobsmacked quite frankly. At first I wasn’t sure if it was real, but real it was and soon enough the LK Skincare day cream and cleanser were making their way to me. I’ve been using the products for a bit over a month now and feel ready to give you my thoughts. Welcome to my LK Skincare Review!

LK Skincare Review: Poutine and Prada

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Sephora Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers: treat the beauty lover in your life!

Welcome to my first holiday gift guide – the gift guide for beauty lovers! I’m planning a few more, please let me know if you have any specific requests for types of gifts. You can check out last year’s gift guide here. Here is a selection of some of my favourites available at Sephora. As a beauty junkie, I’d be thrilled to find any of these goodies under the tree. Just click on any of the photos below to shop!

The Sephora Holiday Sale is on until November 11th. VIB Rouge members save 20%, VIB members save 15%, and everyone else saves 10%!


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Tradlands 111 Ely Charcoal Flannel Review

Welcome to my first Tradlands review! I was very kindly sent the Tradlands 111 Ely Charcoal Flannel to review and I can’t wait to share the details with you!


Image from Tradlands’ website

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My breast reduction surgery story: why I’m so happy I did it.

This is an unusual post for me, particularly because I tend to stay away from anything too personal on this blog. I’m kind of private that way. It may be partly because I’m a Xennial – a micro-generation born between Generation X and Millennials. I grew up without the internet and so I’m not terribly comfortable sharing too much online. Anyway, today’s post is my breast reduction surgery story. I’m sharing it because, even though it makes me kind of uncomfortable, I read so many of these types of posts before I had my surgery and I found them incredibly helpful. So without further waffling, here is my breast reduction surgery story.

My story

I was very slim until about 27. A couple of things changed in my life at that time which led to some weight gain. With the weight came much larger breasts. I went from about a b cup to a g cup. It was kind of a shock. I’m fairly petite at 5’3″ and I looked quite top heavy. I never really got used to my new body, and until very recently, I really hated it. I was living in Vancouver in 2013 or so and had a lovely family doctor. He was the first person who suggested to me that a breast reduction might be a good idea. He got the process started for me, but by the time I got the phone call about meeting with a plastic surgeon I was back in the Yukon and no longer covered under BC healthcare. I forgot about it for a while.

Poutine and Prada: Breast Reduction Surgery Before
This is me pre-reduction. My bra size was 34G.

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