"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." -Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, November 30, 2012
    I keep a running wish list of products in a special bookmarked folder so I can remember to shop wisely, and to save up for items that I really want. While perusing it a couple days ago I realized a few of these would be great gift ideas! I've added a couple extra pieces that I feel appropriate for the holiday gifts, and hopefully you may find it helpful! [I tried my best to include a large price range, in case you are looking for stocking stuffers or slightly bigger ticket items.]

1. Coach - Legacy leather large wristlet [$108]
2. Steven - Triummp Ankle Strap Pump [$169]
3. You & Me: LOVE series print [$55] 
*Four letters sold as a set. So pretty!*
4. E.L.F Holiday Cube - [$10]
5. You & Me - Mint Skull [$55]
6. Noir Jewelry - Nightfall Crystal Drop Earrings [$106]
7. Deepa Gurnani - Spike Cuff [$88]
8. HRH Collection Arm Candy [$22-$70]
9. All Saints - Quake Top [$295]
10. Joules - Evedon Rainboots [$158]

Shopping Tip: When getting jewelry, be careful with sizes. Not all bracelets or rings will fit your friends/lovers. Discretely get their measurements, or just ask. :D

Good luck my lovelies! 


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Fun Activities for the Winter Season!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The title is pretty self-explanatory, and I've also added a few images from The Boy & I's weekend in the city & enjoying nature. Cheers!

1. Taste all the holiday season drinks & sweets at Starbucks. Bring a new playlist, or a great book, and cuddle up in one of their comfy arm chairs. [There's one near my place in Toronto that has a huge leather couch facing a fireplace. Heaven!]
2. Check out the new exhibits at the museum or art gallery. Frida & Diego is on until January at the AGO in Toronto. The Art Institute of Chicago is currently showing Steve McQueen!
3. Buy tickets to the Nutcracker, or any other holiday-season inspired ballet/musical theatre/opera performance. The arts are so wonderful during this time of year. And you get to see everyone's lovely coats and fancy hats!

4. My personal favourite (I do it every season with slight variations): Hot chocolate + furry blanket + warm socks + good movie.
5. Once it finally snows enough, test out a few winter sports: skiing, skating, snowboarding, the works!
6. Get your Christmas shopping done early from the comfort of your own bed. I love the internet.

7. Organize your closet, and give it a nice clean out. If that's already done, start slowly buying matching hangers. You'll thank me later.
8. Go for a nature walk. The silence is golden. Plus, it's healthy. :D
9. Buy all the December issues of your favourite fashion and beauty magazines, and mark all the things you may want to keep a lookout for on Boxing Day/Post-Holiday Sales.

10. Start shopping for your New Years Eve outfit, or any upcoming fancy occasion! Here are a few designers to check out if you have time: Shoshanna, Clover Canyon (their prints= heaven), and Milly. [I have a Gala in January so I'm looking for a funky dress, or some killer shoes to spice up an ensemble I already have.]
11. Learn how to make seasonal recipes, maybe ones with pumpkin!
12. Make sure you get out of the house almost as much as you did in the summer. Vitamin D from the sun helps ward off seasonal depression, as does human interaction and exercise. Take care of yourself! 

Hope you enjoyed reading my suggestions as much as I enjoyed making this animated gif. ^-^
Lists make me happy & remind me to have fun. Yay!

[Credit: Almost all of the images were taken by The Boy.]

“Organization isn't about perfection; it's about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” ― Christina Scalise

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I just saw this PAX closet by IKEA on Aurora Mohn's blog [check her out, she's a super cute 15-year-old blogger from Norway]. I just had to share it, because it's customizable, and it makes my inner neat freak/minimalist rejoice. Hallelujah!

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Beginning Boutique - Concrete Jungle

Friday, November 23, 2012
BB recently sent me their new lookbook to share with you lot, and I couldn't help but oblige. 
I adore so many of these pieces. *le sigh*

Materialism; sometimes resistance is futile.

 Have a great weekend! 
 I'm still stuffed and food happy from all the Thanksgiving dinner. ^-^


P.S. I just got twitter (again). In case you want to follow me and see my banal tweets about med school, cooking, my online shopping addiction and The Boy. @bellechantelle
P.P.S. I'm almost done my challenge!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I had the pleasure of trying two different & new eateries this break, and I thought I'd share them with you! I love discovering tantalizing taste-bud-explosion masters. :D

1. Yamato - Yorkville
Japanese cuisine + personal chef show. Oh, and he made a volcano of firrreee. WOOOHOOO!

2. MoRoCo Chocolat - Yorkville
Two words: Chocolate Heaven. I had their sipping chocolate (milk chocolate infused with Chai) and nearly died of happiness. ^-^


Roxy Fashion Event - Toronto

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Last week while I was at home lazing away my fall break, I popped into the Spoke Club to see Roxy's new women's sportswear line. It will be released in the Spring, but I thought I'd share a sneak peek with you all because everything is CAH-UUTE. Seriously. And there's built-in SPF. Double Wammy. I left the building, and this weird feeling came over me: 'Maybe I should take up running and yoga.' See what clothes can make me do? Foreign thoughts, I tell you. [If anyone is interested in the prices, I have them as well. Just shoot me an e-mail or comment. I have my eye on the loose tank; it felt like silky clouds. ^-^ ]


Rag & Bone + ShopBop = $100 Giveaway!

Monday, November 12, 2012
I'm excited to announce that I have a giveaway for the month of November! Since it's pretty obvious to my readers that ShopBop is my favourite online store, I'd like one of you to experience [or re-experience] it as well. Booyaah.

For fall & winter, those of us in colder regions know the dreariness of neutrals, baren trees and shivering faces are not very fun and exciting after 3 months. Adding quirky accessories and shoes really does help spice the ol' wardrobe. I was scrolling through ShopBop for some ideas, and came across the following: slouchy + structured Rag and Bone hats, some eclectic See by Chloe booties, House of Harlow 1960 booties, and gorgeous GORGEOUS we are owls scarves. With these in mind, here is how I've decided to pick a winner:

1. Tell me what you'd buy with the giftcard.
2. How you'd style it!

*open to everyone*

Ends: November 23, 2012

Before you leave, go over to your Facebook account and follow Fan Shopbop. Their updates are amazing, and I've already got some ideas for Christmas presents. Success!

Interior Design Eye-Candy

Monday, November 05, 2012

Obsessed with this online magazine


"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles." -Sonja Henie

Friday, November 02, 2012
Here's what I've been currently lusting after, because looking at clothes makes me depressed. I am almost done my fashion-shopping challenge, so jewelry is taking my mind off chunky sweaters and slouchy studded leather boots. *drool*

Hope you're all doing well, and starting to head over to Starbucks for their festive holiday drinks. I hear anything pumpkin spice related is delicious, so I'm going to test it out when I head to the airport tonight. Flying home to Toronto for fall break = a very excited Chantelle. What are you all up to this weekend?! 

Left to right:
Made Her Think [ring] - Erickson Beamon [earrings] - Monserat De Lucca [skull ring] - Dannijo [necklace] - A.L.C [ring] - Gorjana [cross cuff] - Vita Fede [choker] - Elizabeth & James [dove studs]