Friday, 31 March 2017

Fashion Friday- Denim

I have been seeing tons of pins on Pinterest recently about curated closets, and must have pieces. I thought it might be fun to share some of my wardrobe staples. Over the next few months I will be sharing pieces that I think everyone should have in their wardrobe. This week, we are talking about one of my favourite wardrobe staples- denim!

Straight // Skinny // Boyfriend // Skirt // Jacket // Shorts
I think we can all agree that denim is a wardrobe must! I love that denim comes in so many different styles and washes! General rule, the darker the denim, the more 'formal' it is; I am seeing dark denim being worn in all kinds of office settings. Add a blazer, pair of heels, statement necklace and you will look at home in the boardroom- at least in a boardroom where the dress code is business casual. 

Straight jeans, skinny jeans, and denim skirts are so versatile and can be worn in a variety of settings. I would live in boyfriend jeans if I could...so comfortable! Denim shorts are perfect for summer and jean jackets just scream cool girl. 
 
When it comes to denim, I think it's a good idea to have a pair of black denim jeans and it's fun to own coloured denim. Mint denim is perfect for Spring! While you can buy worn denim, I prefer to buy darker wash denim and wear the heck out of the pieces until it gets faded and/or frayed naturally. I have a denim skirt that my mom is constantly telling me to throw out because it's so worn; it took me about two years to get it faded and worn- I won't part with it until there are holes!

Like most items in my wardrobe, denim can easily be transitioned from day to night, can be worn to the office, for date night, or on weekends with friends. Denim can be found at multiple price points, but I think denim is worth investing in; you'll wear it for years and it won't go out of style. 



Thursday, 30 March 2017

15 In A 30

I have been aware of Sam Hunt for a couple of years and I do like his music. I've heard his new single, Body Like A Back Road, a number of times over the past couple of months, and have always liked it. Recently, as in the past week, I have been playing this song on repeat...maybe with the volume turned about a bit...I'm sure my neighbours love it. 

Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Review

I have been subscribing to FabFitFun for over two years and they have consistently been one of my favourite subscriptions boxes! This is a quarterly subscription box that costs $49.99 USD plus shipping and it is totally worth it! FabFitFun sends all kinds of products- fitness, decor, fashion, beauty- and the value of the box is amazing. The Spring Box has a retail value of $374 USD, which is more than 7 times what I paid- crazy!
 
Members who have an annual subscription (which I do) get the option of picking some of their products; in this box we got to pick the Gypsy 50 Roundie, Milly Zip Pouch, and REALHER Lip Kit. FabFitFun offers add-ons, where you can add items to your box. These are items that have appeared in past boxes, new items by brands that have been in previous boxes, as well as new items/brands that have not been featured before. For the Spring box, they also introduced a new feature where we could customize our box! We were given the choice between a cuff or earrings, or you could pay an extra $10 and get both!
 
Enough about all that...let's see what was in the Spring 2017 box!!

Gypsy 50 Roundie- This was a spoiler for this box and I was so excited for it! I have a Tofino Towel (the original round towel), which I LOVE, so I was excited to have another round towel. I was a little disappointed- this more of a table cloth/outdoor blanket piece. I still love it and think it's pretty, and I have plans to use it once the warm weather arrives. (NOTE: in the picture above, all the items are on top of the Roundie)
Value $50
 
Milly Zip Pouch- This pouch is water resistant and perfect for keeping wet bathing suits in.This bag came in four colours with four different sayings, and I was pretty sure I had picked another one of the bags. I thought I had selected the blue bag that says "Beach Please", but this is still a fun, practical product that I will get a lot of use out of. 
Value $45
 
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask- I am so excited for this! I love getting skin care products, I love sheet masks, and I love that this product is specifically for dry skin- which is my number one skin care problem. The masks are made from wood-pulp, which I have never tried before. Can't wait to test these out!
Value $28

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Shape of my Heart and Like a Virgin- These are two pretty colours and are perfect for spring. I'm personally not a fan of the colours, so I will likely gift this to my sister or a friend.
Value $19

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray- This product is supposed to soften strengthen, and improve moisture levels of your hair. It contains argan and coconut oils- both of which I have used on my hair before and loved- so I have high hopes for this product and my hair.
Value $20

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator- I am familair with Dr Brandt as a brand, and again, I love getting skin care products. I have exfoliator that I have been using for the past couple of months, which my skin has gotten used to, so the product is not as effective. I was in need of a new exfoliator; I'm looking forward to trying this. 
Value $79

LUV AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set- This was part of the customization that was introduced for this box (the other option was a cage bracelet). Made of 14K rose gold, there were two earrings; small studs that will likely become part of my everyday jewellery, and crawler earrings which I have never worn before. Both pars of earrings are pretty and will go well with a variety of outfits and situations. 
Value $85
 
REALHER Lip Kit in Neutral Pink- This came in three colours (Red, Pink, Nude) and I went with the neutral pink (pictured below). I love that we were given a lip kit- pencil, liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss- and not just one lip product. You can use the products separately or together, and I love that they include empowering messages/mantras on their lip products.
Value $48


In general, I love FabFitFun and I think this box just enforces my love for them! I know people bulk a bit at the price, but this a quarterly box (so you're not paying $50 every months) and the value is crazy. I love the variety of items they include, and I (with the exception of the nail polish) will get use out of all the items. This is an amazing box that everyone should try at least once.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Hey, It's Ok

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To be looking forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast with some friends this week or next. I haven't been to the movies in at least three years. Not a fan of movie theatres, but I'm looking forward to spending time with some friends.

That I FINALLY used the Lush gift card that Terri got me for my birthday and that I am excited to try out some new Lush Bath Bombs!!

To be sad about all of the violence happening in the world- London, Cincinnati. We need to stop killing and attacking each other. This is not normal and it is not humanity. 

That I have not watched any March Madness games, even though I filled out a bracket. 

To be liking Ika and Sindy-With-A-S a lot more on this season of Big Brother Canada than I did on their original season.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Inspire Me: Make A Life

Two years ago, there was a defining moment that changed the course of my life. The actual moment, and the 18 months or so leading up to that moment were...not pleasant. Two years have passed and I am so thankful that I am no longer in that situation- a situation where I was bullied, harassed, disrespected, and treated so poorly. I was so focused on surviving, making a living, just getting by.

That defining moment, which was also a really negative moment, turned into relief. It also lead to opportunity. So much opportunity. For a brief moment in time, I had it all.

My life did a 180. I went from being bullied to being encouraged. I went from being disrespected to being valued. I went from being overworked to having work/life balance. I went from always working, to always living.
 
 
In the past two years, I have made so many memories, had the chance to experience so many things, and had the opportunity to spend more time doing things I love, being with people I love. 

I have started living life, really and truly living, enjoying life. I have put more of an emphasis, and put in more of an effort, to have experiences. I am being proactive about spending time with friends and friends- even if it means scheduling things weeks in advance.

I am continually making and improving the life I want to live.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Club: A Hundred Summers

Book A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
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Book: A Hundred Summers
Author: Beatriz Williams
Memorial Day, 1938 Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancĂ©—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…
 
What I Have To Say:
The reader bounces back and forth between 1932- when Lilly and Nick first met- and 1938- which is 'present day' for this book. The reader gets swept up in the glamour of the 1930's and the freedom and fun of life just before World War II. Lilly is a relateable and lovable character, and a great narrator for this story. All of the characters are well thought out and unique in their characteristics. The plot is also well done, weaving real-world events of the 1930's into this work of fiction. The plot moves along at a great pace, and there are a number of plot twists that keep the story interesting. The 1932 past chapters unfold events that lead us to the summer of 1938- so much happened! Despite that, the story is easy to follow and keeps you guessing.
 
Final Verdict:
Recommended! This was an engaging story, with well formed characters, and an interesting plot. Not your typical beach read- while there is a romance plot line, it's not overt and is a more original plot line. I loved this book and can't wait to read it again!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Hey, It's Ok!

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To have filled out my first ever March Madness bracket!! I always pick Kentucky to win, but I never fill out a bracket. This year, I did both!! A co-worker organized it, it's fun to see how everyone is doing. Also, since I didn't pick Villanova (or know they were the favourite to win, or know that they won last year), my bracket isn't a bust because they lost on the weekend. 

That I am looking forward to Girls Night tonight!! I haven't been out with this group of girls since December, so we are long overdue! Looking forward to a fun night out. 

To not have Facebook Messenger or the Facebook App on my phone. I use a web browser on my phone to check Facebook. People are amazed and/or shocked to hear this. 

That a friend, and talented artist, is creating a piece of art for me! He makes these cool butterflies (among many other things), which he knows I like. I told him I like the butterflies, but he also has creative freedom to make whatever he wants. I'm excited to see what he comes up with. 

To be excited that Spring is FINALLY here!!! Here's hoping it's here to stay and lead us into Summer- no more snow, no more cold.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Inspire Me: Moments

For a while now- I'm talking a couple of years- I have wanted to 1. see a comedy show and 2. see a childhood/teenage years friend perform. This past weekend, I got to do both! Said friend was in an improve show. It was great to see her and to see her perform. The show was hilarious- I was in tears! On top of that, I had the opportunity to see the show with three friends that I haven't seen in over six months. 

 
On the way home, we were talking about downsizing and living minimally, which turned into a conversation about how we would rather have experiences instead of things. It was all very "millennial" but so true; we would rather be out living life instead of sitting at home in giant houses looking at stuff. 

All three of my friends, on separate occasions, told me that we should hang out more. I know that's on me. I'm the one who lives out of town and I don't really tell people when I will be in town. I am going to make more of an effort. 
 
On top of that, I'm going to be more proactive in creating moments to fall in love with. I want to experience life. I want to have memories (and pictures) to look back on, so I can relive those moments.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Club: The Pilot's Wife

Book The Pilot's Wife: A Novel by Anita Shreve
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Book: The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?
 
What I Have To Say:
This book was given to me by a good friend, who happens to be a pilot's wife. The book starts off, within pages, of Kathryn being woken up and told her husband is dead. While I know Jack dies, I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon in the story. This book jumped right into the plot line; no preamble, no fluff to get things going. I was drawn into the story right away and read this book in a matter of days. The main plot is essentially who was the Jack that Kathryn didn't know and what happened to cause the explosion, the back story of Kathryn and Jack- how they met, how they came to live in coastal New Hampshire, and how their marriage evolved over time- is woven throughout the book. 
 
Final Verdict?
Highly recommended! Captivating and engaging, with well developed characters, and a great plot. This is a heartbreaking story, but worth the read.  

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Upcycling Ideas From Personal Creations

I ended 2016 by buying my first home and have spent the first few months of 2017 getting settled. Now that I have my place set up the way I want it and functioning the way I need it, I can focus on decorating and adding personal touches.

My goal for my home is to be organized, functional, and minimal; I want everything to serve a purpose or to bring me joy. A great way to accomplish one or both, is to upcycle!

New Uses for Old Things
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Personalcreations.com has gather 50 ideas for upcylcying items into something new. I personally like the idea of using shopping bags to organize items- finally a use for the Lilly Pulitzer bags that are too pretty to throw away!- and repurposing telephone handsets as bookends. You can find the full list, including links to instructions, here
 
Happy Upcycling! 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Hey, It's Ok!

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That, after all of the nice, Spring-like weather we have been having, to be unimpressed with the very cold, snowy, Winter-like weather that has returned 

To be excited for Big Brother Canada, which starts tomorrow!! Not excited that Gary will be back, but still looking forward to the new season!!

That I would like to be in France. It's a country that I would like to explore and experience. 

To not consider myself a feminist and to be slightly offended when people call and/or ask me if I am a feminist. I consider myself a humanist. I am for ALL people and think we should all be treated equally. Gender has nothing to do with it.

That, thanks to the time change on Sunday, the clock in my car is now correct. I also managed how to figure out how to change the clock on my stove, microwave, and watch by myself. Small victories.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Inspire Me: Guy Best Friend

There is a lot of good in my life. A lot. I have a great life, which I am thankful for. Like everyone else, I also experience some lows in my life. I try not to dwell on them...I remind myself how lucky I am and focus on the good in my life. I am constantly moving forward, not looking back. 

Over the past month and a half or so, I have been dealing on and off with a situation. I think that situation has come to an end and the outcome- to be honest- did make me sad. 

Late last week, I got a phone call from my closest guy friend. We don't talk or spend as much time together as we used- life happens. He has this uncanny talent of calling me out of the blue, just when I need him most.

I came across this quote years ago and the first time I saw it, I immediately thought of him:


I am so lucky to have him as my friend and I do consider him one of my best friends. We can- and do- talk about anything and everything. There is no judgement, there are no secrets. His outlook on life, and his kind, charming, down to earth personality never fail to make me smile, laugh, and feel better. 

When I was talking to him last week, I realized he had a goal to make me laugh, which he did. Numerous times. At the end of our conversation he told me that he likes to make me laugh, that the sound of my laughter makes him smile. 

And that made me smile.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Put A Bow On It March Deluxe Review

I feel that I have doing a lot of reviews recently- books and subscription boxes. So, here is yet another subscription box review. Today I am reviewing the Put A Bow On It March Deluxe Box. 

Put a Bow On It has two monthly boxes- Premium ($64.95 plus shipping) and Deluxe ($36 plus shipping). Both boxes have a different theme each month, and different items related to "lifestyle". Both boxes contain 4-5 items, and the Premium box is said to have higher value items. Personally, I prefer the Deluxe box. I think the items are just as good (if not better) as the items in the Premium box and I feel that the value of the items are more inline with what I pay for the box. 
The theme for the March Deluxe box is "Spring Ahead" and is said to have a suggested retail value of $65 (they do not list prices for individual items on their product card, just the overall value).

  • Wedgewood Tea in Fine Strawberry Strawberry is probably my favourite fruit and fruit flavour. This is a loose leaf tea and I'm thinking it would be good as an iced tea.
  • High Reed Diffuser in Lavender This item came in a couple of different scents and I would have liked the Ocean Mist one- I love the ocean and I am kinda over lavender...I have so many lavender scented products. I am excited to see this product! Since moving into my new place in December, I have been incorporating scent into my decor and I look forward to using this. Plus, the bottle is really pretty and can be repurposed after the oil is gone. 
  • Agrumeto Liquid Hand Soap in Mandarin I have more liquid hand soap than I know what to do with, so I will likely pass this on to a family member or friend. 
  • Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lipgloss in Honey Glaze This is a really pretty neutral colour, perfect for spring and one that I will be adding to my beauty routine.
  • Wedgewood Jam in Blueberry and Blackcurrant I like that a food item was included in this box. I'm not a fan of blueberry, so I will gift this to someone. 
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this month's box. I'm not sure that the items fit the theme, which I'm ok with. I like that they included a variety of items that fit the 'lifestyle' genre and that these are items that I will use or can easily pass on to someone else for them to enjoy.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Currently- March Edition

It's always been fun to see what other bloggers were 'currently', so I thought I would join in. 
 
Watching
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Like everything on Netflix, I am late to the game. This show has been on my list for over a year, since my aunt recommended it for me, and I FINALLY got around to watching it. I'm about half way through the first season and I am liking it. 
 
Reading
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As a Sophie Kinsella fan, I was excited that this was the March pick for my Book Club. 

Listening
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At work, I was getting tired of listening to the radio, so I thought I would listen to a Pod Cast instead. I literally googled 'good pod cast for 30 somethings'. I liked the description for Last Name Basis so I thought I would give it a listen. Franchesca and Patrick (who are married to each other) chat about their life together, as well as what's going on in the world. I've started listening from the beginning
 
Drinking
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I have a SodaStream, which I love, and I have been loving this flavour recently! Black Cherry Cola is so good...not too much cola, not too much black cherry- just the right balance.
 
Eating
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 .I have been seeing Mushroom Risotto everywhere recently. So, when I went out for dinner on the weekend and it was on the menu, I had to order it- delicious!
 
Wanting
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 I am in love with the Order's Up line from Kate Spade. I want it all...everything! I love the retro vibe and think everything is so cute- and would look perfect in my kitchen! I can't afford to buy the entire line...but a girl can dream.
 
Loving
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My friends! Things have been a bit of a roller coaster and my friends have been along for the ride. I appreciate their company and support...their encouragement and insight. 
 
 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hey, It`s Ok!

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With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

To not understand the whole Beauty and the Beast boycott. Big deal there`s a gay character. As someone said, the story is about a teenager falling in love with a buffalo...I don`t think a gay character is the issue with this (fictional) story. 

That I don`t care that Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom broke up. I didn't even know they were dating. 

To be excited that there might be more Gilmore Girls episodes on Netflix. I wasn't a fan of the show when it was on tv, but I watched all of the seasons on Netflix and I watched the revival- which I enjoyed. I'd love to see more episodes. 

That I want to fill my condo with flowers. I love fresh flowers and used to have them in my apartment. Since moving, I haven't had flowers in my place.

To hopefully be seeing a comedy show later this month featuring someone I used to dance with. I think she is incredibly talented and I think it would be a fun night out.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Inspire Me: Champagne & Dance

The past month has been a bit of a roller coaster for me. I have also noticed that on the 4th of each month, so far in 2017, something happens that knocks me to my core. It's a struggle. I don't know what to do with myself...I don't know how to pull it together...I don't know how to deal with it...I don't know how to handle it. 

I am trying to rise above, to move forward, but it's hard. 

I am lucky to have a great group of friends that I can vent to, who try to lift my spirits, who are willing to keep me company or take me out for some fun. I appreciate them and their efforts...but it's still a struggle for me. 
 
As hard as it is, and it is hard, I have to drag myself to have fun- to drink champagne and dance- to let loose, to go back to being me.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Fashion Friday- Bottoms

I have been seeing tons of pins on Pinterest recently about curated closets, and must have pieces. I thought it might be fun to share some of my wardrobe staples. Over the next few months I will be sharing pieces that I think everyone should have in their wardrobe. This week, we are talking about bottoms!

Suit Pants // Capri // Shorts // Suit Skirt // Pencil Skirt // A-Line
What I like about bottoms, is that there are so many varieties; cut, style, colour, patterns, texture- so many options! 

While believe that all wardrobes should have a suit pant, suit skirt, pencil skirt, a-line, skirt, shorts, and capris...there is the opportunity to select what speaks to you. For example some people would prefer a midi pencil skirt, while others would prefer a mini pencil skirt. Some would like black suede, which others would like hot pink cotton. There is so much opportunity to really personalize and make a statement. 

I will admit that I am a skirt/dress girl; wearing one almost every day. I just think they are more comfortable than pants. Pick what you like and what makes you comfortable. 
 
 
Tops  //  Knits  //  

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Book Club: The Sound of Gravel

Book The Sound Of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner
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Book: The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
Author: Ruth Wariner
Indigo Summary:
RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth's father-the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony-is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth's mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family's beliefs and question her mother's choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl's fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

What I Have To Say:
This book was the February pick for my book club. This was an interesting, and at times heartbreaking, read. This story gives a glimpse into one girl's life in a polygamist colony and follows her until her and her siblings leave the colony. There are stereotypes associated with polygamists and this book, in an honest way, shows those stereotypes. Ruth's stepfather, Lane, is a horrible man and I was truly disgusted and disturbed by what he did and what he put his "family" through. While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story...everything in this story actually happened.

Final Verdict: Book club members liked the book. It was a good read and easy to get into, but a disturbing read too. While I would recommend this book to others who are interested in non-fiction books, I'm not sure that I will re-read this book.  

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

White Willow February Review

I have been subscribing to White Willow for a year now and this is one of my favourite subscriptions boxes! I was surprised that I have only posted one White Willow review on my blog- the first box I received from the. 

White Willow is a bi-monthly lifestyle subscription box, based in Canada. The price is $49.95/month and the value of each box is around $80. The February box has a suggested retail value of $88.25. Note: All prices are CAD.

Their February box didn't disappoint!!

  • Fragrance Medallion by D.L. & Co White Willow frequently introduces me to new products- including this one! The ceramic medallion is to be used in small spaces (drawers, closets, bathrooms) to diffuse scents. Place a couple drops of oil on the medallion every couple of weeks and you are good to go. The scent I got is Thorne Apple (the other scent is Lady Rhubarb). Since moving to my new place, I have been incorporating scents into my home, and I am looking forward to trying this out!
    Retail price $34
  • Gold Foil Polka Dot Plate This is a multiple purpose item; it can be used to serve food, under candles, soap dish, catch all... This is super cute and I will likely use it as a catch all. About a week before receiving this box, I made a note to buy a catch all for my daily jewelry.
    Retail price $19
  • Lip Macaron by MOR Australia made with a ton of great ingredients- Jojoba, coconut oil, papaya seed oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and vitamin E- this product will hydrate and nourish your lips, while adding a light sheen. This item was curated in Rosebud, Passion Flower (which is what I got), Lychee Flower, Peach Nectar, and Cassis Noir.
    Retail price $14
  • Caramello Pocket Chocolate Bar by URGE Chocolate White Willow frequently includes a food product in their boxes and it is always amazing! This chocolate bar will be no different- 55% Dark Belgian chocolate, creamy caramel layered centre, topped with sea salt. My mouth is watering!
    Retail price $5
  • Playing Footsie Foot Soak by Barefoot Venus First of all, I was so excited to see a Barefoot Venus product! I am a fan of this company- I love their products and I love that they are Canadian! I was also excited to see this because a few days before the box arrived, I was thinking how great it would be if subscription boxes included a Barefoot Venus product! Finally, I was excited because this is a Barefoot Venus product that I had never tried!
    Retail price $16.25
How amazing is the February box?! I love everything! I feel that White Willow includes a great variety of products related to 'lifestyle'. The products are also good quality and unique. Every other month, they delivery a great subscription box and this is always the first subscription I recommend to people. 

A Note About Customer Service White Willow has the BEST customer service that I have ever encountered anywhere. Ever. Professional, polite, timely, willing to help. I had a couple of issues in December, no fault of White Willow, because I had moved:
  1. My postal code for my credit card no longer matched their files, so the payment was declined. Not only did I get a personal email (instead of an automated form), but White Willow offered to hold my order into the issue was resolved, instead of putting it back in their inventory, where the item might still be available by the time I got the postal code sorted out.
  2. The box was delivered to a Community Mailbox and it took me almost two weeks to get the package, even though it was in my building. This was a Canada Post/my Condo Management issue. The frustration I felt with Canada Post/Condo Management made me reach out to White Willow and ask them to mark future deliveries as 'do not safe drop'. This ended up being a complicated process and White Willow did all of the work. I appreciate them looking into this for me and make the necessary arrangements for me to pick up my box at the post office.