Beauty · Fashion · Uncategorized

Holiday Gift Guide – For Him Edit.

Happy holidays!

First off, I want to apologize for the minor hiatus that was happening over here in my little corner of the internet. I have been trying to spend a bit more time on Instagram lately as a quicker and easier way of connecting with you and as a result I haven’t found a moment to sit down and pound away at the keyboard. But, here I am! Back at it and pretty excited!

When it comes to the holidays and shopping, I always struggle with my boyfriend the most. It also doesn’t help that his birthday is in December also so I get hit with a double whammy of pressure to find the perfect gifts that he will love.

If you are anything like me, gift shopping for your man can really be a struggle. They never want anything and anything that they may need, they’ve already run out and bought it themselves! I am big into “experience” gifts though like tickets to an event or a fun excursion on our vacations and I will use those as a fall back idea from time to time.

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This year I thought maybe we could help each other out and put our heads together here and come up with a bomb list of ideas!! Let me know what you think in the comment section and what your gift plans are this holiday season. Also, what are you asking Santa for this year?

Backpack – Swap out that nasty old excuse of a backpack your man has likely had from either high school or university and get him a brand new one. My boyfriend loves his new backpack for the comfort and storage size and I love it because I am a sucker for the color. I was envious of his cool new backpack this summer and bought myself this one which is fairly similar and I love it even more.

Headphones, I am still a fan of the wired ones and to compensate with the lack of jacks in the new iPhones, I just use the adapter. However, Apple AirPods are super popular and make for a really great gift. I find them expensive but seems like they are here to stay and at least Apple has free shipping. Personally, I am a fan of these plugged in ones more than the wireless.

I am obsessing over these little gems of a find!! My boyfriend and I each have our own mugs we prefer and all hell breaks loose when I catch him sipping his Cup o’ Joe out of my Pug Life mug!! Is it so hard to just not do that? Does this happen at your house or am I just way to anal? I am adding these his and her mugs to my check out for sure this year! Plus, they are totally picture perfect material!

BBQ tools… every man wants them and lucky for us gift givers, they need them! I have taken the cheap route out before when it comes to BBQ tools and I’ll tell you this – you get what you pay for. For a great quality but still basic set I would recommend this set. And, a burger press makes a great stocking stuffer to go along with the theme as well as skewers and sauces. If he already has all his grill accessories, maybe signing him up for Grill Master Club is a better idea. Subscription boxes aren’t just for us women!

Are there men out there that moisturize their face and body anymore or have these ideas gone the way of unicorns? My boyfriend just hates creams and claims they all cause him to breakout. This obviously isn’t true because I know he dips into mine occasionally and thinks I can’t smell it on his face. I pick and choose my battles. That being said, I have heard really great things about the Clinique Maximum Hydrator which is specifically made for men. I may just leave this on the counter and see how long it take him to try it and tell me he was wrong.

Male or female, old or young, the most important thing you can have in the winter (especially here in Canada) is dry and warm feet! Winter boots are always a welcomed gift idea and these are both stylist and practical so it is a win win for everyone! If you are looking for a pair for yourself, I suggest these ones that I just got for my birthday and can’t wait to wear out in the snow!

That is about it for now, I am sure as we get closer and closer I will add to my list and if you keep an eye on my Instagram (@LiveLaughLearn.blog), I’ll notify you when I do add things. What do you have going on your list so far? I would love to hear and get some inspiration on things I may be missing! Also, have you put up your tree yet? We are doing ours this weekend and I’m having a few little elves help me with it, be sure to follow my IG stories on Saturday!!

Until next time, happy shopping!

XOXO.

B

Fashion · Real Talk · Uncategorized

Join the Pack.

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I love the idea of human beings helping other human beings. It brings me so much joy and happiness and #AllTheFeels when we can come together as one and do something amazing.

However, what I love more is good, honest human beings coming together to help and create something even more amazing for those that don’t have a voice of their own. For those that feel they are unloved and unwanted. For those who are dumped and forgotten about. For those who we, as humans don’t deserve. For those who love more selflessly than anything else in the whole wide world. For our fur-babies and all the fur-babies out there.

Winston and I (I guess I can add Momager to my resume now!) have partnered up with an amazing and caring company, Pack Leashes who are doing some truly remarkable things for our best friends.

I love their products and I love their mission statement but I’m not sure which I should tell you about first…

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Pack Leases, is a US based company (they ship internationally) that hand make leads, collars and harnesses as well as their newly launched toys, collapsible bowls and doggy bag dispensers. They are PETA-Vegan approved and back each of their products by a lifetime guarantee.

What I love most from their product line are their leads. There are six different styles right now and each is handmade using dynamic climbing rope and sturdy locking carabiners. My biggest fear as a fur-mom is Winston’s lead snapping when he sees another dog across the street or when he locks eyes on a rabbit. I can honestly tell you that I  don’t have that fear when I use the Pack Leash because I know it isn’t going to give way.

The mission statement. This is my favorite part about working with Pack Leashes and why I decided to jump at the opportunity to work with them. For every single sale made, Pack Leashes donates 2lbs of dog food to a network of no-kill shelters and humane societies across the United States. So far they have donated over 25,000lbs of dog food to babies in need and that number is going up everyday!

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In exchange for being a brand ambassador, Pack Leashes has given Winston and I a discount code to share with you. Please know that we are not making any profit off this code, we are simply sharing it with you because we love and believe in this company. At checkout, use the code LLL.BLOG for 20% off your entire purchase. Also, when you use our code, Pack Leashes will double their donation from 2lbs to 4lbs of donated dog food!

Join the pack today and help make a difference for your fur-baby and those around the world that need our love also! If you’re like me, you’ll do anything for your pup so imagine doing something for them and others!

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Don’t forget to subscribe to LiveLaughLearn.blog to stay up to date and follow on Instagram @LiveLaughLearn.blog! And you will also want to follow @PackLeashes  their feed is full of the cutest little fur-balls you’ll ever see. Be sure to tag them in your posts for a chance to be featured on their page! And, while you’re at all, be sure to also follow @EvaCosway – she is Winton’s newest BFF and our amazing photographer!!

XOXO.

B & Winston.

Fashion · Uncategorized

Looking back at my ’00s style – is there’s such a thing as a fashion mistake?

Have you ever looked back at a picture of yourself as a teenager and wondered, ‘What on Earth was I wearing?’ I know I have. But the ’00s were a strange time, weren’t they? If you’re anything like me, your early Facebook pics are probably filled with outfits that you now have some serious questions about. However, today, I strongly believe that there’s no such thing as a fashion mistake of the ’00s, or any era for that matter. In fact, I don’t think fashion mistakes exist at all, and I’ll tell you why.

Taking a fashion risk knowing perhaps that it might not go down well with everyone you encounter is, I think, the most important and vital part of being fashionable. In my teens that was sometimes my Guido and Mary jeans with a veeeeery low waistband and my beloved Parasuco long sleeve with Velcro letters and obviously my Von Dutch trucker hat. Every time I take a dalliance down the danger filled alley that is memory lane, I look back screaming “why?!” into the universe.

I remember 16 years ago when I was 13, I went to England to visit my cousins. Everywhere I looked girls were wearing boxing style boots which were just about the most dope things I had ever seen. Nobody I knew at home had them. So, when I got back home to Canada I went on ahead and begged and begged and was lucky enough to get a pair. Back and white Puma boxing high tops.

Well in suburban Thornhill, Ontario circa 2002, that was not the case. I carefully laced them up, the way I had seen them worn in England with my jeans tucked in. They were the jewel in the crown of what was (probably) an otherwise horrific outfit. I left my house, strutting my stuff and was high on life. I don’t think my high school was ready for these babies just yet and I suddenly didn’t feel so in love with them as I had that morning.

So I went home, my step sadly with less of a spring, carefully unlaced the my boots, and put them back in their box, along with my confidence to wear what I actually wanted to. You see, the fact is, all that really matters is that you perceive your look to be good. Fu*k the haters. They are wrong. These morons thought my shoes sucked, even though they were clearly super lit.

Did those shoes ever come out of their box again? Of course they did. About a year later when suddenly everyone had a pair. I wore them until the leather had been cracked and the white turned a gross grey and the soles had both worn down on one side the way they always do. Of course, this was not the riskiest fashion risk I ever took. There were countless others that have since made me wince. But the important thing is that I took those damn risks and I continue to do so today.

Combining all sorts of bright hues with the occasional lick of lippy and my signature sliver rings is something that is my daily routine, today. Thanks to the decisions (not mistakes) I made back then, I have muddled together some sort of a reasonably OK look that gets me by, that sometimes even gets some nice compliments.

But when I look back at the girl in the photos, desperate to fit in and look like everyone else but standing out like a sore thumb, I can’t help but think, any previous fashion “mistakes” were super important. Those decisions that I made, that you made, that everyone you know made, are so flipping important.

Ditch the rules that say you can wear this or you can’t wear that. They are just plain wrong. The key to looking good is feeling good and if you feel good in those questionable outfits that others might think too risky, then honey, you look a million bucks.

What was your favorite outfit from the 2000’s? Who were you style icons?

I had a serious love affair with Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, Parasuco and basically anything Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff (did anyone else rock the Duff Puff 2/47?) or Beyoncé wore. I can’t lie, I still wear UGGs and you know what? I LOVE them and will never let them go!

I can’t find the exact image anymore but there was a photo from this ad campaign that Juicy did that I had as my desktop background forever!

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XOXO.

B.