Ava Grace's Closet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide '14 : Stocking Stuffers

Growing up, we never had a fireplace. Or stockings. 
My girlfriend Christina would tell me stories each year of how her sisters and mom filled each other's stockings with fun makeup, chocolate, books and magazines. 
If we shopped in the months leading up to Christmas, she would often pick up hard to find or this would be perfect for Laura's stocking items.
I thought it was such a fun idea.

Today, filling the kids stockings with goodies is one of my favourite things to do.
I choose fun things to read, special treats to eat and usually include small gift cards for the older ones that they can use throughout the winter for hot chocolate.
We always save them as the very last thing we do on Christmas morning.
Don't you always save the best for last?

Just one more reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gifts for Everyone on Your List : The Shopping Channel Holiday Gift Guide

If you follow me on instagram, you will have seen a few fun giveaways courtesy of The Shopping Channel go live recently.
I gave away a pair of these and then, these
Both ah-mazing.
This week, I'm sharing just a few of my favourite things from The Shopping Channel's annual Holiday Gift Guide - it really is a one-stop, never.have.to.leave.your.house.or.get.out.of.your.pjs shop for everyone on your Christmas list.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I Wore : The Canadian Tuxedo

This has been a bit of a uniform as of late.
Somehow, not being able to wear jeans to work has me wanting to wear, well, nothing but.
Add the coziest ever blanket scarf and it becomes the outfit you never want to take off.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide '14 : Everyone on your List

So, I don't know about you, but I often find that I'm stuck with what to give to those on my list that have everything or want nothing.
Sometimes, in those cases, I do the only thing that is right.
I give them something I would want for myself.

Now, how did that Kate Spade watch get in there?
Dear Santa. I've been extra good this year. And yes, I know I already have a Kate Spade watch but this one is sparklier. Ask Ms. Claus. She will understand.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday, Celebrate : Traditions + Memories

Tell me, did that title make you break out into a Madonna song?
The holidays will do that to you.
They'll also make even the scroogiest out there, suckers for tradition.
The smell of Christmas cookies baking, decorating outdoors followed by hot chocolate + marshmallows indoors and of course, yearly Santa photos.
I have so many memories of Christmas' past; the best of which are those that have been constant since I was a little girl.
The anticipation of opening gifts on Christmas Eve once we got through dinner was almost too much to handle. And today? I get to see my own children suffer go through the same thing.
Pure joy.

Friday, December 5, 2014

What I Wore: Travel Ready with Soprano Bertotti

I have a secret.
I have become a very reluctant frequent flier.
Yes, me, the one with the terrible fear of flying.
From April through December, I have been on exactly 18 flights - this includes all take offs and landings. But who is counting.

If I have learned anything other than thank goodness for ativan, it's that organization is key.
I have a wee system.
I dress comfortably. Always carry a pashmina for warmth. 
Print and carry everything I need - I triple check this. #canneverbetoosafe
Keep change separate so I don't need to pull out my entire wallet each time.
And lastly, just breathe.
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