Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One Stop Shop For Your Sweetheart

We're teaming up with the ladies of Cake & Loaf and I Fiori once again this Valentine's Day! Our packages were a big hit last year and we can't wait to share the local love once again On Saturday February 14th, we'll be a one stop shop for all your valentine essentials. Jewelry, chocolate, flowers, the trifecta of Valentine's Day gifts. And not just any chocolate or flowers, but some of the best chocolate and flowers in Hamilton. Made-from-scratch chocolate assortments from Cake & Loaf, and elegant, modern bouquets from I Fiori. Plus a pair of lovely gold-plated flower earrings that will go with absolutely everything. All for $50. What more could you need?

Quantities are limited, so putting in a pre-order with us would be so helpful! You can do that by emailing us at hello[AT] by 5pm on Monday February 9th. Pickup will be on February 14th, and you can specify where you would like to pick up your package from. Pickup locations will be at our James North shop, at Cake & Loaf, or at I Fiori. We apologize that our Westdale location will not be an available location for pickup! Contents of package may vary from photographs with the flowers and sweets, but those are an accurate representation of the earrings! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gift Ideas Under $25

Christmas may be drawing close, but we still have plenty of gift ideas at both shops that would make a perfect gift or stocking stuffer. If you just need one more thing for that special someone, or a bunch of thoughtful gifts quickly, this list of gifts under $25 is perfect for you:

WFD Stacking Rings -$10 - at both shops
Hands & Feet Pouches - $20 - at both shops

Roisin Pouch - $15 - at both shops
Atlas Craft and Curio Magazine - $22 - at Westdale location
Field Trip iPhone Cases - $22 - at both shops
Steel Magnolias Earrings - $19 - at both shops

WORN Fashion Journal - $12 to $22 - at both shops
Moonlight for Violet Earrings - $22 - at both shops

Avril Loreti Tea Towels - $24 - at both shops
Ugly Bunny Earrings - $18 - at both shops
Krystal Speck Ceramic Ornament - $18 - at both shops
Faz Cat Earrings - $20 - at both shops

Both shops are open until 8pm today, and 10am - 4pm on Christmas eve. Happy holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Guide: That One Great Gift

Whether you have someone really special on your shopping list this year, or you're just looking to treat yourself this season, we have no shortage of  items that really make that one great gift. Here's some of our suggestions:

Ursa Minor Genuine Leather Leggings - $160 - James St location only
Eleven Thirty Shop Christie Bucket Bag - $170 - Westdale location only

Birds of North America Plovercrest Dress - $206 - James St location only
Another Feather Delos Necklace - $118 - James St location only

Jennifer Glasgow Nova Dress - $179 - Westdale location only
Carl and Rose Art Deco Earrings - $120 - this pair at James only, other styles at both locations

Colorant Indigo and Mulberry Striped Dress - $220 - Westdale location only
Isobel and Ezra Milla Bracelet - $112 - Westdale location only
You can't go wrong with any of these items for a super special, super great gift, but come on in for yourself and see what else we have too! Both shops are open extended hours from now until Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Hours!

We've extended our hours at both locations for the holiday season! We'll be open every day from now until Christmas, and you can visit us at both shops during the following hours:

133 James St North:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6pm
Sunday: 12 - 5pm

1032 King St West:
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 12 - 5pm

December 24th: 10am - 4pm at both locations

Both shops will also be open late tonight (Friday) for art crawl on James St North, and Winter Wander in Westdale. What a perfect night to do some walking and shopping!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Guide: Men

It's true that our focus is on the ladies most of the time over here, but we never like to leave anyone out. We have a couple tried, tested, and true gifts for your man that we promise will leave a smile on his face.

RCBoisJoli "Local Brew" Cotton Hanky - $18 - at James St N shop
RCBoisJoli Triple Fish Dish - $25 - at James St N shop
April Look Linen Bowtie - $36 - at both shops
April Look Wool Necktie - $79 - at James St N shop
Avril Loreti Hockey Tea Towels - $25 - at James St N shop
Things by Slo mittens - $36-$42 - at both shops

Gift Guide: Jewels Under $50

Beautiful jewelry doesn't have to break the bank! We have a huge selection of super cute, handmade, unique pieces that would make great gifts for anyone on your list. Here's just a few of our suggestions:

Jacqi Chew Catwalk Necklace - $25 - at both locations
Twisted Whimsy Earrings - $40-$50 - at both locations

Emily Valentine Eisa Necklace - $45 - Westdale shop only, lots of other pieces at both locations
Upper Metal Class Bronze and Sterling Silver Studs - $40-$50 - at both locations

Liana Marie Victoria Bracelet - $50 - at both locations
Rare Specimens studs - $34 - at both locations

Skrynka Cross Stitch Necklace - $30-$40 - at both locations
Therese Bombardier Ceramic Lace Earrings - $35 - at both locations

White Feather Designs Enamel Triangle Necklaces - $40 - at both locations
White Feather Designs Brass Quartz Rings - $40 - at both locations

If you see something you like, both shops are open every day between now and Christmas.  We'll also be open late this Friday night for Art Crawl on James St, and Winder Wander in Westdale, so it's a perfect time to come down.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gift Guide: For Your BFF

Best friends are some of the most fun people to find gifts for. Often times you know them better than anyone, and you can also splurge a little bit when you find something just perfect. We put together a gift guide with your BFF in mind, with perfect gifts sure to celebrate your friendship and show that special someone just how much you love them!

Erica Weiner Heart Beats Necklace - $69 - Currently at Westdale shop only
Good Night Day Jarvis Toque - $64 - at both locations

Eleven Thirty Shop Pony Pocket - $50 - at James St shop
Liana Marie Avery Necklace - $44 - at both locations

Field Trip BFF Phone Cases - $22 each - at both locations
Province Apothecary Perfume - $46 - at Westdale shop

A Little Sojourn Moon Phase Necklaces - $85 - at both locations
Headmistress Fur Headbands - $79 - at James St shop

See something that caught your eye?  Let us know and we can bring it to whichever store is easier for you.  Happy holidays!

Friday, November 28, 2014

What Else We've Been Up To...

I promise we haven't been MIA on this thing because it's been all vacations, all the time.  We've also been pretty busy running both shops and participating in some special events this past fall. Here's a quick look:

Supercrawl flew by, so fast that this is one of the only photos I took all weekend. It's always an amazing whirlwind weekend, and this year was no different. After it was all over, Hollie and I snapped this pic, and then I promptly went home and slept for 2 days.

The following weekend was Lindsay's wedding, and it was SO lovely. Lindsay is one of the original White Elephant ladies, and it was so great to be able to spend this day with her. We've all been rooting for this day for what feels like forever, and her husband Rich even used a piece of jewelry from the shop to hide a sneaky marriage proposal in way back when! It was so great to spend the night with a bunch of O.G. White Elephant ladies.

In September & October our new neighbours at Store just continued to look better and better. The facade outside of their shop has been redone, and it's really making the entire block look great. We're thrilled to have new neighbours, and if you haven't checked them out yet you should get down there asap.

We hosted our Westdale Grand Opening party in September, and our Indiegogo keg party perk in October, so our hosting game is strong these days. Both times the snack of choice was Twinkies, and the Indiegogo night had the added benefit of a Skyguy! This has resulted in serious business discussions between Hollie and I about purchasing one of these for any and all occasions.

Finally, in November we traveled to Ottawa to take part in Victoire's annual vintage dress sale, and we couldn't help but try a few pieces while we were there. I'm still in shock that Hollie didn't bring home that sparkly number above.  The other picture was just a random guy that happened to show up and stand by our table while we were waiting for our meal and chatting about Jian Ghomesi. I'm just gonna leave it there without comment. It reads "PRIVATE PROPERTY: KEEP OFF (unless you have really big boobs)".

We also had the pleasure of getting our hair done by Cameron Elder for a little TV appearance we filmed. We only managed to snap one photo while we waited for filming to begin, but as you can see we were definitely feeling camera-ready! (Cameron, if you're reading this, my mom called me last night to say that we were famous and to ask who did our hair so nicely!  Cameron's Hair Studio is magic!)

Of course you can also see the finished product by watching us on e-talk, right here. You have to get to the 18:30 mark, but once you do there's a pretty great little feature on Hamilton!

Finally, we're having a sale at both shops RIGHT NOW.  For today and tomorrow, all clothing at both stores is 30% off! We're also going to be giving away a $100 gift card, after the sale is over, so for the next two days you can get a ballot to enter with every purchase.

And I think that brings us up to date! 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Erica Weiner

Hollie and I have been drooling over Erica Weiner jewelry for YEARS. Why it's taken us so long to get into the shop, I'll never know. As luck would have it, Hollie spent some time with Erica at weaving school this summer, and came back with only the best things to say about her. After years and years of drooling, and now this personal connection, we finally got ourselves in gear and got some of her stunning jewelry into the shops this week!

These heartbeat necklaces are 14kt gold plate, and stamped with your very own lyrics from your favourite songs. They're only at Westdale right now, and going fast. $69

We just love all of Erica's celestial-inspired pieces, and these twinkle earrings ($25) and celestial curve set ($35) are no exception.  If you have multiple piercings these ones look amazing together.  Available at both shops.

These isosceles opal studs ($55) are a personal favourite right now. In addition to having magical properties, Erica is collaborating on these beauties with members of the Zuni Nation who handcraft jewelry to earn a living, and donating a portion of the profits from these studs to TEWA Women's United.

Finally, the Huntress Earrings ($69) don't claim to have any magical properties, but they will make your earrings look amazing! That's magic in and of itself, isn't it?

Both styles are available at both shops.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Preloved Pop Up!

We are very pleased to present a Preloved pop up shop on Friday November 14th from 7pm-11pm during the James Street North Art Crawl. Visit us at 133 James Street North to browse Preloved's F/W and holiday collection of sweaters, dresses, and accessories. Founder and Creative Director Julia Grieve will be joining us, and we have a free gift to give with every Preloved purchase!

 Preloved is a brand that would never be described as conventional. Its hallmark is reclaimed vintage fabrics expertly combined new luxe accents to create one-of-a-kind clothing, all manufactured and designed with love in Canada, Preloved’s designs capture colour and patterns to evoke a gorgeous life! Preloved honours design by paying attention to detail, mastering sophistication but also welcoming a certain flare.

We hope that you will join us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


It's not really a good excuse for not keeping up on the blog side of things, but we took a little vacation. A real vacation with planes (lots of them) and each other and our partners, which hasn't happened the entire time we've been in business together! Earlier this year we realized that we would have some extra airmiles on our credit cards that needed to be spent by the end of 2014, so we treated ourselves, and Mike and Doug (who do so much for the store behind the scenes) to a few days away on the West Coast. It was so nice.

We decided to travel to Las Vegas and Joshua Tree in California. Warm and sunny and fun and far enough away to feel like a whole different world.

We spent lots of time by the amazing hotel pool, and the rest of the time walking around with giant margaritas and catching the sights. I always thought I wouldn't like Vegas, but I think I'm coming to the realization that I might LOVE Vegas. It's just so weird and glamourous.

I once saw on Instagram a photo of Solange Knowles at the aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and that went immediately on my sightseeing list. We drank, we gambled, we ate at buffets. We did all the Vegas things for two days and two nights and felt like we were living the high life the entire time.

For a welcome change of pace we then headed to the solitude of the California desert for two days. We didn't rush and took a route through the Mojave National Preserve. We saw so many volcanic formations (aka ROCKS!), and massive sand dunes, and drove maybe 0.5km on Route 66 where we stopped at this abandoned motel. The office with the huge glass windows was a time capsule for the late 1960's.

Our Airbnb was perfect, and situated in the side of a mountain. Overlooking out onto the valley, we caught glimpses of jackrabbits, desperately scanning for desert tortoises. By day we lounged in the hammock, and at night we spent time by the outdoor fire, in the hot tub, and looking up at the Milky Way. Desert life is a really good way of life.

Also, every UFO photo is horrible, because it's really hard to get a good photo of UFO's!!! We were staying just outside of the biggest Marine base in the world, and these huge balls of fire lit up the sky one night. We think that they were just testing military flares, or WERE THEY?


A couple hours in Yucca Valley lent to the discovery of some pretty cool desert shops. We hiked in Joshua Tree National Park, checked out Skull Rock, and I made a .gif of the drive. Can you believe this is my first ever .gif?

Eventually we had to come back home. Our first real vacation together was a great one, but we've got so much in store in the next couple of weeks that we can't wait to get started on it all. We promise we'll try to keep things a little more up to date around here too!