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Post Office Etiquette

On two occasions this week I found myself standing in line at the post office, mailing presents to friends and relatives in other parts of the world. I do it every Christmas, along with millions of other gift givers. How nice of us. What struck me this year is, we’re all in need of a refresher in post office etiquette.

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The Guest List (and how to get on it)

A freshly single mom friend of mine recently sang the blues about not getting invited to any Christmas parties. “Last year, when I was still part of a couple, I got invited to several parties from friends in my social network”, she said, “but this year the invites have disappeared.” I gave her a hug and welcomed her to her new reality.

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A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It’s no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That’s why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here’s a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season.

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Take Back Your Vacation

A vacation might be the most highly anticipated event of the year. It is a reward for hard work and a much needed respite from the stress, weather and general demands of every day life. Personally, I get so excited during the planning stage – anticipating all that I will do or not do, what I’ll wear, eat, read and the fabulous people I’ll meet –  that by the time I arrive at the airport, train station or rendezvous my expectations are sky high. And nothing can bring all that crashing down faster then arriving to a far less than acceptable place to rest your weary head.

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Time to Kill…in Scottsdale

Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of dodge. That was the case for me last week, when after another day of Vancouver autumn rain I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I hopped a plane to the closest place I knew would be sunny: Scottsdale Arizona.

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Eat

The New Superfood

I’m so over kale. A year ago kale was all anyone could talk about. Kale chips, kale caesar salad, kale toast. It’s been all kale all the time. It was time to move on and I’ve done so, straight to the most over looked herb of all, parsley.

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Eat

Fast Fries!

I love to cook from scratch. Deciding on a recipe, going shopping for ingredients and then holing up in the kitchen. It’s therapeutic. Of course, the key element to doing all that in a relaxed fashion is TIME.

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Heady Fashion Sense

It’s the day of the dead. The day to celebrate all that is scary and ghoulish. And best of all you get to dress the part. Of course, there’s one key element to Halloween that can be part of your lifestyle aesthetic all year long.

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Party Shoes Welcome Here

Dust off your cocktail attire because party season is just around the corner. And that probably means you’ll either be having guests over or be a guest yourself. The question is, what are you going to do about your feet?

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The Best Day of the Year

Halloween is just around the corner. It really is the perfect holiday. (It’s not actually a holiday. But it should be.) You get to eat candy, you get to be whomever you want to be, you don’t have to spend money on presents for people you hardly see or even like and there are no awkward family dynamics to deal with, because you don’t have to spend time together if you don’t want to. What’s not to love?

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