Shop some of my favourite products below. These are all items that I personally own and love, and think you might as well, or brands that I have researched deeply. Many are Canadian, ethical or small-batch production brands.
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Costume Jewelry That Lasts
Armed Jewelry is a Canadian, female-owned company whose mission is to create affordable jewelry that doesn’t tarnish. Yes, that means you can wear it in the water and not worry about it fading. Their snake chains are very of the moment and are one of my favourite pieces from the brand.
Marina De Buchi is a jewelry designer from London, England. Her brand’s mission is to fight human trafficking, and as part of that, they donate 10% of every purchase to the A21 campaign that works to fight human trafficking and abolish slavery everywhere.
The brand’s pieces are dainty and feminine. I have the ‘Little Things’ necklace, and it has quickly become one of my favourite pieces of jewelry (pictured).
Jenny Bird is another Canadian costume jewelry brand. I am obsessed with their statement hoops – they no longer sell the pair I own (pictured, the “Love” hoops), but they always have tons of fabulous pieces – earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more.
Check out some of my favourite products:
Lovers Tempo focuses on creating delicate pieces that you can wear every day. They are timeless and the designers have a unique attention to detail that makes a piece feel truly unique. I have their Dot Pearl Lariat necklace and it is the perfect accent for a v-neck top or dress. Lovers Tempo is another Canadian brand.
All pieces are handmade in betsy & iya’s Portland, Oregon studio. I came across this shop on a recommendation from strangers who noticed I was travelling alone and thought I might appreciate the suggestion. I have fairly small wrists, and finding bangles that fit has always been a challenge. I immediately fell in love with Betsy & iya’s cuffs and picked up the delicate Mollia cuff bracelet (pictured). They also carry a number of other stunning, modern statement pieces.
Clothing & Intimates
I am beyond obsessed with Knix. Coming across the leakproof period underwear was a total game changer. To be completely honest, I originally thought the concept was kind of odd – what do you do with the underwear once you’ve worn it and you aren’t ready to do laundry yet? They thoughtfully include a mesh wash bag with your order. The have different styles – thong, cheeky, bikini, high-rise, boyshort, and more, each with their own level of absorbency. I have never been big on tampons, and this underwear has not only helped me to be environmentally friendly, but eliminating pads from my cycle has made for a much more comfortable experience.
Still Here Jeans
Still Here Denim makes the coolest jeans. Designed in NYC and produced in LA, each pair of vintage-inspired jeans has signature hand-painted stripes down the back. They’re all about creating a timeless fit with a creative flair. Check them out here.
Photographer: Shana Jade.
Uniqlo Seamless underwear
I swear by Uniqlo Seamless underwear. I wear a lot of flowy pants, and the fabric has a tendency to cling to me (or my underwear). I tried many brands of ‘seamless’ underwear over the years – some wore too quickly whilst others were not actually seamless. Uniqlo’s Airism Ultra Seamless underwear is truly seamless and I highly recommend them. They come in a variety of colours.
Kit & Ace high-waisted shorts
I live in these Kit & Ace high waisted shorts. They are super high waisted, which I love, and the fabric is unbelievably soft. I’ve since purchased a few similar shorts from other companies, but none have been as amazing as these.
Although they no longer have the olive colour that I bought, you can find other colours here. And, the Uniqlo seamless underwear is perfect for underneath.
Sheertex has practically indestructible tights that are built for real life. I used to work as a hostess and wore tights as part of my uniform. I bought the highest quality I could find, and they never lasted more than a few shifts. Sheertex is a game changer. They send you a sample to try to destroy, and believe me, I tried. The tights are incredibly durable, built with the strongest knit in the world, which is apparently 10X stronger than steel. Yes, you read that right.
Silk Labs Scrunchies
Toronto-based Silk Labs has taken the world by storm with their 100% silk scrunchies. I personally own multiple, and can attest that they do wonders in ensuring my hair stays smooth and crease-free. They also sell beautiful headbands and combs.
West Von Hats
West Von is a female-owned, Canadian brand that makes gorgeous hats using 100% pure Australian wool and natural s. West Von is thoughtful about their production process and are certified in Fair Wages, Environmental and Quality management. They also have environmentally friendly, recyclable packaging.
A Bronze Age Sport Scrunchie Pack
The Sport Scrunchies are the smallest scrunchie that A Bronze Age has made to date. These mini scrunchies are made for activity whilst remaining 100% silk. A Bronze Age makes all of their products in Vancouver and also creates luxurious, oversized scrunchies that add quite a statement. Take a peek here.
Sandals & Flats
Sleek Flip Flops
I have only purchased two pairs of heels in the last five years – shocking, I know. The latest are these classic, comfortable Clarks strappy sandals which are easy to dress up or down (Elisa Dedra Open Toe Sandal).
I constantly get compliments on these Steve Madden flats. They’re also incredibly comfortable – the fabric and soles are very malleable (you can literally bend the shoe on half). They’re versatile, making it easy to dress up or down an outfit; I’ve worn them to weddings and to work, and everything in between. I’m onto by second pair, and I forsee them remaining a staple in my closet for some time.
Raw Nails Non-Toxic Nail Polish
Raw Nails is a Canadian company that was established in 2019. Their polishes are non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free.
The brand introduced me to the concept of 10-free, which means the nail polish was created without 10 of the most common chemicals found in polishes. Nail polish is one of the most harmful products that we put on our bodies, so I was thrilled to see the introduction of these beautifully coloured, non-toxic products.
19/99 Precision Pencil
19/99 is an incredible beauty brand launched by Camille Katona and Stephanie Spence. They are challenging the idea of appropriateness in beauty and are focused on “narrowing the generational beauty gap”.
Not to mention, their products are fantastic. I am a lipstick fanatic – you’ll find a lipstick in every crevice of my home and at a handful at the bottom of every purse – and I absolutely love their precision pencil.
Read here for an interview with the founders.
Relaxing Hand Lotion
I use hand lotion multiple times per day (probably upwards of 5X), and I’ve tried my fair share over the years. One of my favourites is, perhaps shockingly, Bath & Body Works lavender vanilla lotion. It is moisturizing without being greasy, and has a relaxing scent.
Honua SPF 30 Day Cream
Malu is a facial day cream with SPF 30 from a brand out of Hawaii called Honua. Malu is the Hawaiian word for protection, and that’s exactly what it does. Moreover, it is completely palm-free, cruelty-free, vegan and free of synthetic fragrances, and leaves your skin feeling nourished, without the streaky white cast that typically comes with sunscreen. I’ve been on the hunt for a moisturizing face sunscreen for some time, and am thrilled I came across Malu. There’s a reason it’s frequently sold out.
Thisworks Pillow Spray
I am a night owl, but sometimes it isn’t by choice.
Using thisworks pillow spray before bed helps to relax my busy mind. Their body cocoon lotion is equally as great. Check out the over 2,000 reviews on Amazon and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Aquis Hair Towel
The Aquis Hair Towel is a lightweight microfiber towel, perfect for wrapping your hair after a shower. It dries your hair faster and reduces the risk of split ends.
Saje Pocket Farmacy
The Saje Pocket Farmacy kit is comprised of five roll-on essential oils meant to be natural remidies for headaches, pains, cold, indigestion and stress. I bring this with me when I travel and keep it in my nightstand when at home. The peppermint halo has soothed many headaches.
Stila Liquid Eyeshadow
Stila Liquid Eyeshadow is incredible – it is high-shine and all you have to do is swipe the applicator across your eyelid and dab it with your finger (it’s applicator is like a lip gloss). And voilà! That’s it!
Tarte Drink of H2O moisturizer
I’ve been testing out a lot of face moisturizers, and the Tarte Drink of H2O is my latest favourite. It is deeply moisturizing – leaves your face feeling a bit damp at first, but I love using it after I wash my face in the shower as it feels extra nourishing.
Rose Quartz Facial Roller
I recently purchased a rose quartz facial roller. I’m not sure if I am completely bought into the benefits – they’re supposed to help reduce puffiness, wrinkles and provide sinus pressure relief – but it feels so refreshing and has become a mainstay on my vanity.
I have a rose quartz version, which remains naturally cooler than it’s jade counterpart (even without putting it in the fridge). I roll it on my freshly washed and moisturized face and the cooling sensation leaves me happily relaxed.
Purchase the same one that I have from Montreal brand, BKIND here.
Foreo Facial Cleanser
The LUNA uses T-Sonic pulsations to cleanse deep below the skin’s surface. It has 8 adjustable intensities and 3 different bristle thicknesses, allowing you to clean all areas of your face. The LUNA is now part of my daily routine and I love using it with my face wash in the shower.
The Wet Brush was a game-changer for me. I am no longer ripping through the ends of my hair or spending ages trying to detangle. The Wet Brush is gentle and the soft, flexible bristles reduce breakage. The handle is also made from all-natural biodegradable plant starch that breaks down in a landfill faster than other typical materials. I used to have a drawer full of different styles of hair brushes, but now I won’t use anything else.
Frank Body Coffee Scrub
I have dry skin, so I love a good scrub. I recently tried the A-Beauty Body Scrub from Australian brand, Frank Body. Frank Body was an idea that began in a coffee shop between five friends. They set out to make a great coffee scrub that worked.
Their reviews are plentiful and insanely good, and their branding is hilariously cheeky (it’s probably the only packaging I have read start to finish and actually enjoyed). Most importantly, I can attest that their scrub works wonders!
Makeup Travel Case
I traveled for work, every week, for almost four years and about three years in, I finally purchased this travel case and it was a game changer. It has lots of adjustable compartments that was perfect for keeping organized while away. It also has a zipper pouch which fits a full eyeshadow palette. Note: I was able to manage it for a carry on suitcase (since I typically was bringing only a couple of work outfits and no additional shoes), but it does take up a lot of room in a smaller bag.
Tula Skincare Face Wash
I have been testing out various face cleansers, and Tula’s keep it clear is my current favourite. I typically wash my face in the shower, and use the Foreo facial cleanser (see above) to massage the face wash in. The product contains a number of superfoods and is cruelty-free and it manages to clear away all of the bumps in every nook and cranny on my face (even the groove between my chin and lower lip, which is a problem area for me). The only downside is I find it is quite drying. However, I just follow up after my shower with the extra moisturizing Tarte Drink of H2O Moisturizer (see above).
Kitchen & Dining
Estelle Colored Glass
If you’re looking to spruce up your wine and cocktail glass game, look no further. Estelle Colored Glass offers hand-blown stemware and stemless glasses in the most stunning jewel tone and pastel shades. You’ll also find coloured decanters and cake stands.
The pieces are vintage-inspired and commissioned from glass artisans in Poland. The brand is inspired by the founders grandmother, Estelle, who ‘loved antiquing and had a special day of the week where she visited her favourite shops looking for new treasures in small neighbouring South Carolina towns”. She sounds like my kind of gal. Read more about the brand’s story here.
Book: How to Drink Wine
How to Drink Wine: The Easiest Way to Learn What You Like was co-written by Chris Stang, the writer and founder of The Infatuation. The Infatuation is a New York-based restaurant recommendation website. As soon as I started spending a lot of time in New York, the Infatuation quickly became my trusted advisor when it came to selecting a restaurant. I literally cross-referenced every choice with their reviews for two reasons: 1) they were always spot on, meaning I completely trusted them and 2) the write-ups were so good that I would genuinely read them for pleasure. So, safe to say, I knew I would probably like this wine book, so I ordered it as soon as it came out. It’s the only drink book that I’ve read cover-to-cover. It was great & I highly recommend it if you are looking to get comfortable enough with wine so that you no longer feel completely stressed when asked to pick a bottle at dinner.
Georg Jensen Champagne Cooler
This Georg Jensen champagne / wine cooler is a bit of a splurge, but it is absolutely stunning. A great statement piece to add to your dining table set up the next time you are hosting. It also works as a wonderful luxurious wedding gift.
I came across Georg Jensen when travelling in Oslo. The luxury brand began in 1904 Copenhagen. They focus on the highest quality craftsmanship and timeless design. The brand offers products from housewares to jewellery and watches.
Handmade Citrus Juicer
This handmade citrus juicer is both functional and beautiful, adding a nice pop of colour to your kitchen. The juicer is made in BC and available to be purchased at Pictus Goods, in Toronto. It’s available in multiple colours.
Home Accessories & Decor
I am obsessed with my Amazon Alexa. I use it daily for checking the weather, asking for cooking measurement conversion, checking spelling and playing music. There are so many other things you can do with Alexa and I don’t think I could live without it anymore. When I travel, I wake up in a hotel room and automatically begin asking Alexa what the weather is, only to disappointingly realize that there isn’t an Alexa.
Alternatively, you can purchase a Vitruvi diffuser and the associated essential oils and blends off of Amazon. It is also a Canadian brand.
Escape Coffee Table Book
I love a great coffee table book, but it’s a challenge to find one that I would actually flip through. Introduce: Escape by Gray Malin. It is filled with his stunning beach and water photography, and I find myself perusing through it quite frequently. As someone who loves escaping to the Middle of Somewhere, there couldn’t be a more perfect coffee table book.
Work, Office & Travel
Secondly, Mōglea is a letterpress studio that handmakes each piece. Many of their products are hand painted or dip dyed, which means you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind piece. The hand-painted journals are all done by their team in their Audubon, Iowa studio.
Watch this mesmerizing Instagram video to understand their process.
Kikki.k Planner Holder
I came across the Swedish brand kikki.K when I was working in Hong Kong. Their leather notebook holders are a great way to add sophistication to your work notes. The brand has plenty of other items to browse – from journals and cards to books and candles. Spoil yourself or buy the perfect gift for someone else.
Fisher Space Pen
Read more about the pen here.
Alternatively, check out Detroit-based brand, Shinola, for other beautiful pens (and watches!).
Stil Classics Get it Done Planner
The Sitl Classics Get It Done Planner will help make your quarterly goal achievement and daily task planning that little bit easier. The planner includes a 90-day goal cycle, and enables you to jot down 3 important tasks every day. It is meant to make daily achievement digestible whilst helping you stay on track.
Planters & Accessories
Check out Dynasty Toronto for more options!
Hand Painted Planters
If you’re looking for a planter with a pop of colour, Common House Studio is your spot! Their modern planters are hand painted in Welland, Ontario (near Niagara) and each planter is available in a variety of sizes.
They offer pickup and delivery, and have a great FAQ section on their website to help answer all of your indoor plant questions.
I was also gifted a plant mister and I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for small indoor plants that require a more humid environment and don’t necessarily need to be watered each day. The mister is quite beautiful and can be left out as décor. Having it out serves as a great reminder to mist your plants!
Buy it here.
Large Outdoor Planter Boxes
I searched far and wide for the perfect planter box. I finally found and purchased 5 of these Midori Planter boxes for my condo balcony. They’re a great height to hide the railing without blocking the view and I love how I’ve been able to transform the balcony into a plant oasis. They are a bit expensive, but really great quality.
I lined the planters with plant insulation (like this) and for the last 3 years, my plants and bulbs have survived through the winter.
V&A Gardening Set
I was gifted this gardening set which is perfect for both indoors and out. The design is from a wallpaper print from J.H. Dearle. They’re both useful and stylish which means you don’t have to store them in the back of a cupboard.
I love having fresh cut flowers in my home, alongside dried flowers. Dried flowers work well in small vases and require literally no maintenance (except dusting one/year). Small vases add a perfect way to decorate your home. Feel free to add a pop of colour, or keep them neutral.
Some great vases can be found here:
W&P’s beautiful ice molds are perfect for a celebratory drink!
The Peak Collection molds are easy to use – just make sure you fully seal the halves before filling. There is an ice mold for every style of cocktail. I personally own a set of these and love them!
KVAS FBC Cocktail Syrups
KVAS FBC is run by husband-and-wife team Amy and Zac Kvas. Their last name, Kvas, literally means yeast, so you could say their knack for making great cocktails runs in their blood.
Their mission is to provide bar-quality syrups and garnishes that are simple to use, all-natural and full of flavour. You can use their syrups in cocktails or in cooking – sauces, glazes, baked goods, etc.
Walter's Caesar Mix
Salty Paloma Cocktail Rimmers
Toronto-based Salty Paloma makes great cocktail rimmers. One of my favourites is the Heartbreaker, which is made of cane sugar and grapefruit zest. It adds a sweet touch to the perfect cocktail.
Smoke Show Hot Sauce
Smoke Show is a Canadian-made, small batch jalepeño-based hot sauce that is described as “equal parts smoky, spicy, and sweet”. It’s not going to burn your mouth off (in fact, you likely won’t find it spicy at all), but instead, it adds nice smoky flavour to your food.
Heartbeat Hot Sauce
Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayo
I love a great flavoured mayo to add to burgers, sandwiches, crab cakes and so on. I came across the Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayo in Sobey’s and had to get it. It was a nice change from a typical chipotle mayo – I find it packs a nice amount of heat (not overpowering, but you can definitely taste a little punch). Also available at Loblaws. Neil Brothers has been around for over 30 years and they’re best known for making ‘better for you’ snacks with high quality ingredients. Worth nothing that they also make some of the best salsas out there.
I am loving this cooler from business & pleasure! It’s great for a picnic in the park, keeping drinks cool on a boat, or wherever adventure your summer brings you (Indigo).
Note: As an Affilitate of Indigo, I may receive a commission for your purchase. It will not impact the price you pay.
They have fun flavours, including Whisky on the Pops, Pop the Salt & Tequila, Pop the Champagne, and more!
Use the code: MIDDLEOFSOMEWHERE for $5 off!
Games & Puzzles
There’s good reason why you’ve seen an abundance of Spikeball sets pop up across parks and beaches over the last couple of years. Meant for four players, it’s a perfect excuse to have some fun and get active. Even my least athletic friends love playing!
Gray Malin 2-sided puzzle
Gray Malin is one of my favourite photographers. He takes a lot of stunning aerial shots and when I came across this puzzle, I just had to have it. Firstly, it is double sided, so you get two puzzles in one. And if you’re like me, and typically work on a puzzle over a number of weeks, then you’ll love how this one looks while it’s out on your table.