Thursday, 14 July 2016

4 Guilt-Free Pleasures

I'm a firm believer in self-care, so today I'm sharing four of my favourite ways to indulge.

1. Evy's Tree

Evy's Tree sells beautiful, wearable to work, cardigans and hoodies. Yes, hoodies. I own 5. Their tagline is "Everyday luxury. Everyday life." and that exactly describes their amazing products. They are perfect for throwing on when running around with kids, or I can very easily dress them up and wear them to work. They are unique, comfortable, and on high-rotation in my closet.

I also have and love The Kristina in Sage and just ordered The Nicole in Raven.

2. Bella Grace Magazine

Bella Grace is my most recent self-care discovery. It is a women's magazine published quarterly that encourages us to live authentically and with purpose. Each issue contains beautiful photography, heartfelt stories, interactive lists, and spaces where you can even write directly on the pages. From their website:

"We believe: 
an ordinary life can be extraordinary,
there is beauty in imperfection,
and that magic can be found in the everyday.

...Embrace imperfection. Celebrate your messy life. Shine a spotlight on small, everyday moments - they are special, they are yours."

3. Ste. Anne's Spa

Once a year I go to Ste. Anne's Spa with a few close co-workers. We've started a tradition where, as soon as we are finished with all of our meetings at school we have a day booked here to decompress. If you live in or near Toronto, or are ever visiting, it is worth it. They have overnight accommodations, but I recommend a day-spa package.  You get a spa credit, lunch, afternoon tea, and full use of the grounds. Basically you spend all day in a bathrobe feeling like you're in heaven. Another tip - you can bring your own wine for lunch. They will keep it chilled for you, serve when you're ready, and don't charge a corkage fee.

4. Bookworm Boutique

There isn't much I don't love from this online store. I have this mug and this pillow (which Sebastian tries constantly to claim as his own, and I keep having to bring it back to our bedroom). I need a new iPhone case, so one of these may be in my future soon. I loathe international shipping charges, so follow @bookwormboutique on Instagram to find out when they have free worldwide shipping. Plus, their IG feed in general is basically #bookstagramgoals.

So that's it! Those are four pleasures about which I feel zero guilt. Happy summer, friends!

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