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'Tis that time of year that it's suddenly acceptable to use the word 'tis.  We toss around terms like 'holly' and 'jolly' and 'frolic' and eat things like fruit cake (Does anyone know how those things keep for so long? Does anyone want to know?) and egg nog (goodbye diet) and generally just indulge, indulge, indulge. 

Our first gift guide is all about luxury, from chic coats to beyond cozy winter boots to the latest techie gadgets that might actually make them cry with joy. Speaking of joy, we've found splurge vs. save options for each so whether you have a big budget or small, you can still give them something luxe to love this season. 

Check back next time for more great gifts for men, women and the wee ones.  Until then, jolly shopping! 'Tis a great time to get a head start. 


1. Kristina Italian-Leather Bag, $298, Roots; 2. Tory Burch Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $149, Sunglass Hut; 3. Wool-Cashmere Coat with Leather Sleeves, $349, Mallia for Danier; 4. iPhone 5 32GB, $279.95, The Source; 5. Leather Riding Boots, $179.98, ALDO; 6. Nike+ Sportwatch with GPS, $169.99, SportChek; 7. Sorel Twill Winter Boots, $279.99, Soft Moc; 8. Vera Wang LOVE Diamond Engagement Ring, $1,999, Peoples Jewellers; 9. Zumba Exhilirate Body Shaping System, $99.99, SportChek


1. Laser-Cut Barrel Bag, $55, ALDO; 2. Tortoiseshell Icon Sunglasses, $15.53, American Eagle Outfitters; 3. Two-Tone Shirt Collar Coat, $199.99, Laura; 4. iPod Nano 16GB, $149.99, Future Shop; 5. Riding Boots, $98, Call It Spring; 6. Blue Sport Watch, $45, Roots; 7. Pajar for Reitmans Winter Boot, $100, Reitmans; 8. 0.25 CT Diamond Ring, $169.15, People's Jewellers; 9. Just Dance 4 for XBOX 360/Kinect, $39.99, EB Games


Le Weekend 

Photos courtesy Roots

I have a love/hate relationship with winter.  I used to ski but since I no longer live a snowball's throw from a ski hill, I currently have no winter hobbies. Unless you count eating or shopping?  I generally (okay, fine, exclusively) prefer the warm to the cold and if I do venture outside, I'm usually thinking something like "How many days until spring?"  But the clothes - oh how I love the clothes.  The fur-lined boots, the down-filled coats, the pretty scarves and cozy sweaters make me not only accept the fact that the cold weather's here to stay but actually get a little excited about it.  On the days when I dress properly for the weather, I can marvel at the beauty of freshly fallen snow and revel in the fact that drinking liquid chocolate is suddenly acceptable. And of course, I can't help but adore the twinkly lights and the snuggle-up-by-the-fire weekends when Christmas is just around the corner.  This year, instead of fighting it, I plan on embracing every chilly minute. You with me?

This season, I'm loving the chic winter looks from Roots and hopefully these pics will inspire you the next time you look out the window and think, 'Ugh.'  And if you're feeling a bit of wanderlust lately, be sure to sign up for this super fun Pinterest contest for your chance to win your Ultimate Canadian getaway! One lucky winner and a guest will be on their way to a private ski chalet from CottageCountry.com, decked out with Roots leather luggage and hooked up with a $500 Roots shopping spree. How amazing would that be?! Enter here and start pinning your way to a winter paradise x



Wild Ones

Lily Donaldson gets catty for Harper's Bazaar

cou.gar (/ˈko͞ogər - see also hunt, prowl, corner, pounce). Noun. A 35+ year old female who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male. The cougar can frequently be seen in a padded bra, cleavage exposed, propped up against a swanky bar...waiting, watching, calculating; gearing up to sink her claws into an innocent young and strapping buck who happens to cross her path. "Man is cougar's number one prey" (Urban Dictionary)


I'm of the opinion that a cougar is born, not made.  My husband and I often have marital 'discussions' about cougs;  He believes that the simple act of throwing on a spotted scarf means you've bought yourself a 1-way ticket to Cougarville.  I, on the other paw, see it differently. From Paris to New York to Milan, chic girls everywhere understand the power of animal print. A leopard belt here or a python clutch there can spell the difference between boring and sublime. The cool-girl key?  It's all about small doses (ie. no more than one stand-out piece, with very few exceptions) and of course, the right print.  Oh, and if you're single and just happen to score a hot young thing while you're at it? Bonus. Just sayin'...

Click through for my top spotted picks from Danier, ALDO, Le Château, Dynamite, American Eagle and Cleo at New Sudbury Centre.  MEE-OWW!