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Be Awesome This Season - Shop Local!

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One of my goals every holiday season in regards to gift giving is to source as many local gifts as I can. The idea of supporting someone who is working so hard to create something unique makes the gift seem infinitely more special. You can find just about anything here in Winnipeg, and these are some of our favourite shops. Check them out this season and give a gift that is unique and contributes to our local economy!


The Cheesemongers

The new (ish) independent fromagerie in friendly Winnipeg. All the cheeses they carry have a rich history. They are a labour of love, created by the dedicated farmers who believe in producing the highest quality milk; and the cheese makers, who pour their heart and soul into everything they mould. 

Check out their gift packages - An awesome idea for a host gift!


Poppie Clothing

Poppie is all about helping women feel their best. With helpful, hands on staff, you’re guaranteed to find something you love. This store offers a wide range of options for people so that they can get as much of their shopping done in one stop as possible, get on with their lives and feel great doing whatever it is that they do best.

Go on, get a gift card!



dconstruct designs and manufactures unique, eco-friendly jewelry. dconstruct’s jewelry is handmade from leading architectural materials and each piece contains a minimum of 40% pre-consumer recycled material. The recycled content would otherwise be waste from producers of sky lights, store fixtures and vending machine covers.


Tiny Feast

Their shelves are stocked with an incredible selection of greeting cards, notebooks, writing instruments, and modern office supplies. You will also find a curated selection of housewares, accessories, lifestyle publications and children’s books.

Check them out - you won’t regret it!


Commonwealth Mfg.

Commonwealth Mfg. specializes in handmade collared shirts. Everything is constructed in small batches in Winnipeg's exchange district with fabric sourced from the best mills in Japan, USA and Europe. Transparency, benevolence and due diligence are Commonwealth's guiding values.

Do you have any favourite local shops? We want to know!

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DIY Spa night!**

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Happy Thanksgiving you lovely Canadians! I’m not sure about you, but last night I ate my weight in turkey and all the trimmings! It was delicious! Tonight though, I will be indulging in the American Music Awards and if you’re like me (you watch random t.v.) you’ll want to see it live in all it’s glory. A boob might pop out, maybe someone calls out a fellow nominee (Kanye West I’m lookin’ at you) or there might be a mispronunciation of an artist name…. You get me. Anyways, what better way to watch this live reality show than with a hair mask, mud mask and the perfect shade of orange polish on your nails. treatment by Kevin Murphy is my all time fave right now. The smell of pineapple is so relaxing you won’t be able to think of yesterdays overload of pumpkin. After washing your hair, put the hair mask on and tie up your hair with towel and begin your face cleansing routine.

After your face has been cleansed, wet the tip of your buck naked charcoal activated mud mask and liberally cover your face. Remember to keep wetting the piece, as it gets dry with application. Once your face is sufficiently covered, move on to that manicure!

What I would suggest is setting yourself up before the show starts. You’ll need a bowl of warm water and a face cloth to remove your mask after your polish has been applied and completely dried. You’ll also need your polish, base and top coat, and some lotion.

Don’t get me wrong, the best manicure should include cuticle work, but I would leave that to the professionals and just do a simple polish change. I have attempted to cut my own cuticles from time to time and just end up with baby chunks of my cuticle missing. A) no amount of polish can hide this mangled mess and B) unless you have all the tools and you are an aesthetician yourself, skip that part. If you apply a decent amount of moisturizing lotion to your hands and cuticle before you start your polish change, that should work.

Just remember to swipe a bit of nail polish remover over each nail before you apply your base coat. This will allow for your nails to be dry and allow the polish to stick better which means, less chipping.

Okay, so let’s go over this one more time. Have a shower/ bath and then apply your hair mask after washing your hair. Lotion your body and slip into something very comfortable. Cleanse your face and apply your mask. Get your tools for the polish change ready and a bowl of warm water by your spa station for mask removal. Remember to remove the mask only AFTER your nails are dry!

Also, no snacking when your nails are wet, too much food was consumed last night anyways... The AMA’s are about three hours so you will have enough time to do all the things. When the show is finished and everything is dried, rinse your hair off in the sink. I wouldn’t recommend going back in the shower unless you are okay wasting that sexy lotion you put on earlier.

Now you can start the week with fresh feels and ‘stylspiration’ from the award show. What better way to come back from the tryptophan overdose from the night before!

**Note: There is no proper way to spa night. We support all types of self indulgence.