Mother’s Day with Hallmark

May. The month of spring flowers, warmer weather and of course Mother’s Day. To show your Mom how special she is give her a gift from the heart. A handwritten note or card. Technology provides a multitude of  options to stay connected to friends and family, but the art of the handwritten note can’t be matched.  The personal touch of the handwritten word has now become a unique treasure that allows people to connect on a more intimate level. Personally speaking, my hubby has written me notes and cards for the past 23 years and I have kept each one. They mean so much to me and each one has provided a history of our relationship that just can’t be captured in a text or email. Recently, I hosted an evening event with Hallmark. They invited people to revisit the art of the handwritten note. Of course, they had many of their gorgeous gifts and cards on display, but I was honestly blown away by the stunning Hallmark Signature greeting cards. The beauty of these greeting cards is almost a gift in itself. The cards are handcrafted and designed with such attention to detail; including premium paper stock, embossing and foil and high impact embellishments like gems, beads, fabrics and more. SO PRETTY! So this Mother’s Day, surprise your Mom with the beauty of a greeting card from Hallmark enclosed with that special, heart felt, handwritten message of what she means to you. Here are some photos from the event! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the special women in our lives- Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins and Friends. ~...

Keeping Cute and Cozy Outside this Winter!

With temperatures soaring and falling, staying stylish all year long can feel like a chore.  This time of year, with temperatures WAY below freezing sometimes you just want to throw on layers and cuddle up under a blanket.  Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not impossible to look cute and stay cozy!  Here are my go to’s when I have to venture out on these frigid winter days. 1. I am not a hat girl. Hats cause me to have abad hair day.So,  I wear earmuffs (or maybe a head band OR these super cool ear covers that I’ll tell you about another day). These faux fur ear muffs are from Indigo and are really cute! 2. Wearing a parka and mittens makes carrying a top handle bag in your hand or a tote on your shoulder a pain. That’s whyI always choose a cross body bag. Free hands and no extra bulk make for a fuss free day. This bag from Michael Kors is slim and fits a surprising amount of stuff! 3. I always need a scarf! I swear year round you will find a me with one. This knit scarf from Indigo has the cutest little faux fur pom poms on the end that match with the ear muffs… I couldn’t resist! 4. The most important thing on my list is this parka from The North Face. I bought last year’s style and it was the best winter purchase I have ever made.Wearing this coat makes me bullet proof from the cold . It also has a slim cut, so there isn’t a marshmallow man feeling when you are wearing it. I am also a fan of the faux fur...

Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Limited-Edition Gift Sets

  December 1st means putting our thinking caps on. Trying to come up with the best gift ideas for our friends, family, colleagues, hairdressers, babysitters, dog walkers can be a daunting, overwhelming task. This holiday season, I have partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to help bring you some of my easy gift ideas. The following video is just the beginning of my tips to help bring you some ease to the holiday rush. Check back this Monday through Thursday, to see all my videos highlighting some of the great gift ideas being offered at Shoppers Drug Mart this holiday season. Ho! Ho! Ho! ~ Shoana...

Join Me For a Gift Wrapping Workshop

The holiday season is here and means lots of gift wrapping. Do you get stumped when it comes to wrapping gifts? Not a natural wrapper? No worries, I can help! Come on down to the One Of A Kind Christmas Show where you will find me on the Main Stage hosting a series of gift wrapping workshops. I will teach you the need to know secrets to become a master gift wrapper! Of course, you can always watch from the audience. However,  if you want to participate in the workshop and get some hands on experience come early as participants are chosen on a first come basis and space is limited. Here are the workshop date and times. Saturday, November 29     6:00 pm Sunday November 30        12 noon & 4:00 pm Friday December 5              1:00pm & 6:00 pm Saturday December 6         4:00 pm Sunday December 7             12 noon & 4:00 pm Mark this on your calendar, too. On Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 1:30 pm,  I’ll be hosting the finale for Canada’s Ultimate Gift Wrapping Challenge; sponsored by Scotch Brand. The finale will be showcased on the Main Stage. The best wrappers in Canada will be going head to head to wrap gifts in the most creative and awe inspiring way for the chance to win $5000.00. It will will exciting. See you soon everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Shoana...

Spring Summer Preview at HomeSense

Spring is officially here! Okay, maybe it isn’t feeling like Spring just yet, but it IS coming! I recently got a peek at the pretty things heading to HomeSense this season. It all looks great and I want to share some off my favourites, so you can all start planning your warm weather decor! Enjoy! ~ Shoana – What a pretty and organized entryway – I need this bar cart in my life!– These chair are a match made in heaven! – I might be coming around on the gold trend… a bit – This living room makes me want to redo mine! – Wallpaper… yes, wallpaper will be at HomeSense this season!! – Another fabulous bar cart! – Watercolour is so hot right now and the mix of the equestrian trend makes these a home run! – I have a super soft spot for elephants. These aren’t for everyone but they definitely are fabulous! – Mason Jars are still hot and these candles are perfect for the summer patio season! – Lots of really pretty outdoor serving pieces. – The modern design of these outdoor furniture pieces had me in a flutter.  – Poofs are SO HOT right now and the white/navy combo wins my heart. – Again, me with the elephants… but it’s so cute and so useful. – A chic little chair for that space that needs  a little ‘something’. I love HomeSense for pieces like this. – Need a little french romance for the bedroom?  – Okay, these are faux… not my normal go to, but they are so realistic and they even FEEL like real flowers! –...

Valentine’s Day Goodies

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Even if you aren’t buying something for someone else it is a fun time to pick up a few goodies for yourself. I love the cute treats that stores put out this time of the year and the gift items are really adorable to enjoy all year round; not just on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few things that caught my attention. ~ Shoana 1/Charm Necklace 2/Beats Speaker 3/Pink Heart Scarf 4/Carnaby Sweet Chocolate Hearts 5/Soap & Glory Bubble Bath 6/Gold Heart Print Pillow 7/Watercolour Print Pillow 8/Carnaby Sweet Chocolate Roses 9/Pink Quilted Heart Stamped Tote 10/Red Notebook 11/Quo Candy Heart Make-up Bag 12/Handsome Pillow 13/Quo Make-up Bag 14/Gorgeous...