The Birthday Edit: lookfantastic’s September beauty box

I received the lookfantastic box for review purposes. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

Lookfantastic Beauty Box is a subscription box from the UK that includes six premium beauty and skin care products and a copy of ELLE UK magazine each month. At £15.00 or about $22 CAD/month and free international shipping, it’s one of the best beauty bargains on the market. September’s celebrates lookfantastic’s fifth birthday with some of the most iconic products in the industry.
The Birthday Edit: lookfantastic’s September beauty box

A new Canadian subscription box: The Hygge Starter Kit from Hygge in a Box

I received the Hygge Starter Kit for review purposes. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

Hygge in a Box is a new quarterly subscription box for those looking to bring more happiness and comfort into their lives. 🙋‍♀️ Today I’ve got the Hygge Starter Kit, a smaller version of the quarterly box that’s designed to provide an intro to the hygge-inspired life with some ideas and products for meaningful moments and relaxation. Inside are items that touch on some of the key elements of hygge: Warmth, Light, Nourishment, Comfort, Connection, Joy, Mindfulness and Nature. All are made with ethically sourced materials by Canadian artisans and businesses. A new Canadian subscription box: The Hygge Starter Kit from Hygge in a Box

I love a good mystery: September’s Glossybox #beautybox

I received September’s Glossybox for review purposes. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.

Glossybox is a U.S. beauty subscription box that typically comes with five deluxe or full-size beauty products ranging from trendy to high-end. At $21 USD it’s generally a great value for what you get and a fun way to try brands you may not have seen otherwise. (Glossybox draws from 400+ brands around the world.) September’s box includes a bonus mystery product. I didn’t look at the spoilers, so the contents were a complete surprise to me.  I love a good mystery: September’s Glossybox #beautybox

Meet the Maker: Northern Ontario artist Julieanne Murphy-Steedman of Heirloom Island + A giveaway!

Julieanne created a custom map for me in exchange for this post.

Today’s post has been a few months in the making, so I’m really excited to finally be able to introduce you to a wonderful map maker and visual artist, Julieanne Murphy-Steedman of Heirloom Island. Julieanne and I have been following each other on Instagram since our friend Christine of Life on Manitoulin connected us a few years ago (it may be longer or shorter than that — my long-term memory is pretty crap and my short-term one’s not much better, ha ha) but it wasn’t until this spring that Julieanne reached out about collaborating. I love her work — her new series of maps of Ontario towns and cities fantastic! — so it’s been a pleasure to get to know her a little bit by email and share this interview with you. Julieanne mentions a couple of venues where you can meet her at the end of the post, but I’d love to flag the Ottawa one here again. You can catch her at Etsy Made in Canada at Carleton University’s Fieldhouse from September 27 to 29. Now to the Q&A!  Meet the Maker: Northern Ontario artist Julieanne Murphy-Steedman of Heirloom Island + A giveaway!

Currently coveting

It’s late afternoon on a holiday Monday and no one is particularly hungry after snacking all day, the kids are watching a god-awful movie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp) and I’m tempted to lie down for a nap even if it means I’ll have a hard time sleeping later. (Not like that would be anything new; I’ve always been a pretty crappy sleeper.) Fall is my favourite time of the year so it makes sense that this would be one of my favourite lists to make too. Here’s what I’m coveting this month. (Some things on-point for the season, others just super fun.) Currently coveting

What’s inside August’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

I received Mapleblume’s August box for review purposes. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

“Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach … I’ll go over to a little baby and say ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!'” — Steven Wright •  😂😂 How are our beach days almost behind us already? Summer has flown by (not that I mind; fall’s really my jam) and here we are almost at the end of August. I have a couple of August subscription boxes to review that still haven’t arrived so you’ll probably be seeing those early next month, but I DO have August’s Mapleblume box and it’s a really good one. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a quarterly subscription box of luxury cosmetics and skincare with at least five full-size or deluxe sample-size products in every shipment.  What’s inside August’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior + Win a copy!

I received Wonder Plants 2 for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

I almost brought another plant home from the grocery store today — a darling little philodendron in a simple terracotta pot — but my basket was already weighed down with milk and tomatoes and other essentials (and non-essentials) that I’d be struggling to juggle on the bus as it was. Adding a plant to the mix seemed like a recipe for a bad end so decided to leave if (or leaf it, ha ha) for another day. And now I think it’s just as well. I’d much rather save up for a giant statement-making plant that’ll add life to the living room where we spend so much of our time. Okay maybe two giant plants. Three if I’m being honest. And for that I blame Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner. The pair wrote the book (well books) on living large with plants in Wonder Plants and Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior and the 20 stunning green interiors and plant care tips inside have me dreaming of something similar at home. We looked at Wonder Plants in 2017; here today is peek inside Wonder Plants 2Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior + Win a copy!