1. Custom Comfort
Resthouse Kakun Standard Organic Latex PILLOW, $189, resthousesleep.com.
Forget counting sheep—falling asleep happens fast when you have the right pillow. Back, stomach and side sleepers will all be able to catch z’s with ease using a customizable pillow from Victoria, B.C.-based bedding company Resthouse. Pillows arrive overstuffed with an organic cotton pillow protector, and you can then remove or add the organic latex stuffing as needed to ensure perfect head and neck alignment for ultimate comfort. Sweet dreams!
2. It's a Bling Thing
Nova Sterling Silver 0.25 ct NECKLACE, $590, Era Sterling Silver 0.15 ct RING, $340, Era 14K Gold 0.15 ct BRACELET, $590, ca.pandora.net.
When splurging on luxury jewellery for yourself or a loved one, what’s the first brand you’d think to check out? If your answer isn’t Pandora, you could be missing out on some fabulous jewels. The company has added 50 new styles to its collection of lab-grown diamond pieces, all crafted with 100-percent recycled silver and gold. With a carbon footprint that equals about 5 percent of a mined diamond the same size, you can feel good knowing your gem isn’t only dazzling, it’s also kinder to the environment.
3. We Remember
Every November 11th, Canadians recognize Remembrance Day, taking time to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women in the armed forces who have served, or currently serve, our beautiful country. Here, The Royal Canadian Legion, Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization, shares a few ways to mark this important day.
Watch the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa on TV or online.
Attend a ceremony in your neighbourhood.
Pause at 11 am for two minutes of silence to honour those who have given their lives in service.
Donate to the Poppy Fund and wear your poppy proudly.
4. Pumpkin Spice, Nice
Gay Lea Pumpkin Spice Coconut WHIPPED TOPPING, $5, gaylea.com.
Embrace the flavour of fall with a generous dollop of this delectable coconut whipped topping from Canadian food company Gay Lea. The limited edition Pumpkin Spice version is made with 100-percent pure coconut cream and is the perfect balance of spiced and sweet. Spray it on waffles, pie, your morning latte or right onto your tongue…we won’t tell!
5. The Sweet Life
JUICY COUTURE Viva La Juicy Sucré Eau de Parfum, $133/100 ml, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
It’s back! For the first time since 2016, Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy Sucré Eau de Parfum is available. This irresistible fragrance containing base notes of vanilla and cocoa bean along with top notes of mandarin, red currant and Brazilian gardenia is sold in the cutest cupcake inspired bottle—it’s as sweet on your vanity as it is on your body.
6. Rock On
Rock MAT, $70, thetoespacer.com.
For health from head to toe, you can’t neglect your feet. This lightweight, portable mat with foam mounds simulates the feeling of standing on a rocky surface to relieve pain and tension and improve circulation.
Use it to hit pressure points and stimulate more than 200,000 nerve endings, as well as increase proprioception—the body’s ability to sense its actions, movements and location in space. Now that rocks!
7. Hats Ahead
1. Fiona BEANIE, $40, ca.brixton.com. | 2. Oh Mega Fur Pom BEANIE in Dusty Periwinkle, $53, thenorthface.com. | 3. Colorblock Plush BEANIE in Lime Cobalt, $48, verloopknits.com.
A great way to add style (and warmth!) to your outerwear is through fun, colourful headwear. These toques are cute and cozy, and—bonus—are the perfect accessory to combat a bad hair day.
8. Totally Turmeric
Turmeric + Ginger GUMMIES, $25, tumeri.co.
Known for its rich orangey-yellow hue, turmeric is so much more than a peppery spice—it also boasts some impressive wellness benefits. These gummy supplements harness turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to soothe joint and muscle aches, support digestion, decrease bloating and strengthen skin for a radiant glow.
9. Cool Colour
VITRY Be Green Nail Polishes in Rose Chic, Brun Caviar & Rouge Passion, $11.50 each, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
There’s something about the cold weather that makes us want to reach for richer, bolder nail polish shades. With no shortage of colours for every season, French beauty company Vitry has your manicure covered with its Be Green polish line.
The planet-friendly formula is made with renewable natural materials like corn and sugar cane that help support the health and strength of your nails without compromising stunning shine and long-lasting wear. Fabulous mani, guaranteed.
10. Loyal to Oil
MOROCCANOIL Frizz Shield Spray, $34, moroccanoil.ca.
Kick frizz, flyaways and pesky static to the curb with the latest launch from Moroccanoil. The new Frizz Shield Spray is formulated with heat-activated HydroResist Technology that shields strands from humidity and environmental aggressors. Enjoy silky, shiny hair while pampering it from the inside out with the brand’s hero ingredient, vitamin E-rich argan oil.
11. Books for Cooks
IN MARY’S KITCHEN: STRESS-FREE RECIPES FOR EVERY HOME COOK (Appetite by Random House) by Mary Berg, $35
Canada’s culinary sweetheart is back with 100 new recipes, including the must-try French Onion Pot Roast with Gruyère Potatoes!
This is the time of year when we leave the deck and head back into the kitchen to make some warm and cozy meals for the family. To provide inspiration, a slew of new cookbooks is on the shelves. Here are just a few of our favourites.
THE VEGAN BRIDGE (Whitecap Books) by Romain Avril and Richelle Tablang, $35
MORE IS MORE: GET LOOSE IN THE KITCHEN (Clarkson Potter) by Molly Baz, $48
PRAIRIE: SEASONAL, FARM FRESH RECIPES CELEBRATING THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES (Appetite by Random House) by Dan Clapson and Twyla Campbell, $37.50
THE BUDDHIST CHEF’S HOMESTYLE COOKING (Appetite by Random House) by Jean-Philippe Cyr, $33
THE BOOK OF SICHUAN CHILI CRISP (Penguin Canada) by Jing Gao, $45
FALAFEL (Ryland Peters & Small) by Dunja Gulin, $24
ROAST FIGS, SUGAR SNOW: FOOD TO WARM THE SOUL (Octopus Books) by Diana Henry, $33
NATASHA’S KITCHEN: 100+ EASY FAMILY-FAVORITE RECIPES YOU’LL MAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN (Clarkson Potter) by Natasha Kravchuk, $40
KUNG FOOD (Clarkson Potter) by Jon Kung, $48
THE GROUNDS CAFÉ (Boulder Books) by Nick van Mele, $35
LET’S EAT: 101 RECIPES TO FILL YOUR HEART & HOME (Union Square & Co.) by Dan Pelosi, $39
RECIPES FOR MURDER: 66 DISHES THAT CELEBRATE THE MYSTERIES OF AGATHA CHRISTIE (Countryman Press) by Karen Pierce, $26
BRED: SOURDOUGH LOAVES, SMALL BREADS, AND OTHER PLANT-BASED BAKING (Penguin Canada) by Ed Tatton, $50
THE GRAZING TABLE: HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL BUTTER BOARDS, FOOD PLATTERS & MORE (Octopus Books) by Natalie Thomson, $28