chic.toronto.fave: The Collectionary

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I can no longer deny it – it’s definitely the Christmas season. With the Christmas season comes the inevitable gift giving! I personally love shopping for presents – I put a lot of thought and detail into every single gift I give, including right down to the wrapping paper. I love giving thoughtful and useful gifts, and rely on gift cards only as a last case scenario.

But what about those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ people? We all have at least one in our life! Well, I’ve stumbled across a fabulous site called THE COLLECTIONARY that is sure to provide you with at least a few interesting and unique options for those who are hard-to-buy-for!

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Christmas is just around the corner! While you’re busy shopping for everyone else, be sure to remember to get a little something extra for yourself. For less than $10.00, you can still treat yourself to a little beauty, style or literature treat, and not break the Christmas budget.

See my picks to keep your inner shopaholic satisfied until Christmas!

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chic.toronto.fave: Jessica Durrant Illustrations

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God, I LOVE etsy.

If you’re unfamiliar with the site, etsy is an e-commerce website where users sell their handmade and or vintage items. Users get their own storefront where they can promote their own products for sale. The best thing about etsy is that it’s a broad range site – literally anything you could think of under the sun is available for sale!

While doing my browsing on etsy, I found a shop that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was drawn in by the absolutely stunning illustrations of Jessica Durrant, etsy shop named @JessicaIllustration. Taking fashion and artistic illustrations to an unmatchable level, come see why JessicaIllustration is this week’s chic.toronto.fave. 

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beauty.picks: My Everyday Makeup Arsenal

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If you remember from a few weeks ago, we discussed our skincare routines and how they differ.

I’m always interested in hearing everyone’s unique beauty routines because it’s such a definition of what makes us … us! And also, I’m a little nosy! I’m love peaking into everyone’s makeup kit and analyzing everyone’s tried and true favourites.

So, if I’m going to ask about yours, you might as well see mine! Here are my tried and true, desert island, beauty favourites! See anything you like?

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chic.giveaway: Winner!

rsz_1chictorontoTwo weeks ago, chic.toronto launched it’s very first giveaway, meant to thank everyone for helping chic.toronto reach over 1,000 followers.

Words can’t express how overwhelmed I am at the response to this giveaway! With over 2,100 entries, there’s a lot of people vying for this amazing prize pack!

Let’s overview what the winner will receive:

  • (1) Kona Kare Body Butter in Thyme Tea & Floral scent
  • (1) Kona Kare Lip Butter in French Vanilla
  • (1) Dot & Lil Shower Scrub bar in Oatmeal & Honey scent
  • (2) Maybelline Colour Whisper Lip Colours in Pink Possibilities & Cherry on Top
  • (2) Rimmel London Long Lasting Polishes in French Cafe & Steel Grey
  • (2) Revlon Lip Balm Stains in Romantic & Honey
  • (2) Essie Nail Colours in Eternal Optimist & Mademoiselle
  • (1) Hard Candy Nail Polish in Celebrate Sequins
  • (1) Revlon Nail File in Funky Patterning
  • (1) Pair of H&M Knitted Mittens in Cream
  • (1) H&M Knitted Tube Scarf in Cream
  • () ALDO Accessories Harmoine Necklace in Turquoise
  • (1) copy of THE GREAT GATBSY on DVD Blu-Ray combo pack
  • (2) of the novels featured previously on chic.toronto’s or lit.picks.

Now, who is the winner of this amazing prize pack? Find out under the cut!

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chic.toronto.fave: Fuel +

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This week’s chic.toronto.fave is coming a day early!

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to try out a new shop nestled in the Church and Wellesley area. For my gluten-free heart, this was such a treat!

Introducing Fuel +, you new one-stop shop for all things healthy, nutritious, and sometimes, even gluten-free – and this week’s chic.toronto.fave!

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chic.giveaway: Thank You! {closed}


chic.toronto has been around only since March, but I am insanely proud of it’s progress. Because of readers like you, I can now state that I have over 1,000 followers over the various forms of social media, and the blog itself.

I’m beyond floored. I didn’t anticipate that anyone would read this site when I started, and I’m insanely happy and humbled it’s gotten this far in less than a year.

Because of that, I’ve decided to host a GIVEAWAY to my loyal readers! Included? A whole bunch of chic.fave items that I’m sure you’ll love just as much as I do! Included are items that I’ve reviewed in the past on chic.toronto, others are just some of my tried and true favourites that are always in my beauty, style, literature and movie arsenal.

Chic Toronto Giveaway!

Come see what can be yours and enter, all after the cut!

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chic.toronto.fave: Beckie Di Leo Fine Artistry

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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend THE ART OF FASHION for the second year in a row, on behalf of Toronto Beauty Reviews. A fantastic night of live music, fashion competition, and boutique shopping, frequent chic.contributor Alessandra and I had a blast! As we were leaving, an artist, an easel, and some amazing fashion illustrations happened to catch out eye ….

It was here that we were introduced to Beckie Di Leo, an amazingly talented local high school teacher who also has an extensive background in ‘live art’.

We were blown away by her personalized work! Come see why Beckie DiLeo is this week’s chic.toronto.fave.

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chic.toronto.fave: Kona Kare Inc

Kona Kare LogoWe’re long overdue for a chic.toronto.fave post, aren’t we?

This business is definitely worth the wait. KONA KARE is an all natural beauty product brand who’s craftmanship is as sophisticated as the quality of their products. A definite must have in any women’s beauty routine, come read why these luxurious balms were named the ‘Best Lip Balm of the Year‘ by Beauty Connexion.

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chic.toronto.fave: Ipsy

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Alessandra has this week’s chic.toronto.fave for us! Big thanks to her!


Recently there’s been a huge trend regarding make-up boxes and bags that are shipped straight to your door monthly containing an array of body and make-up products. I’ve always been a little skeptical about these and the products they offer, mainly the size of samples and the relativity to your own beauty favourites.  However, this past year I decided to try one out! I looked around online and came across Ipsy, formerly known as “MyGlam”. The beauty guru behind this bag is actually Michelle Phan, the Queen of YouTube beauty tutorials. I’ve watched her tutorials for years and she knows her make-up! Knowing this I figured she would be the go-to person for this trend of make-up boxes.

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