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2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Him

2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Men

Coming up with your own personal wish list is always easy and fun, however not so much when you need to buy for someone else – especially when it’s for your beau who has everything. I have carefully curated a small list of  items from my favourite stores and online shops that will no doubt make your man extremely happy (and very stylish!)

1. Aether Cone Wireless Speakers ($399).  Wireless speakers are nothing new but Cone’s capabilities will blow you away. It learns what, when and how someone likes to listen to music. When it’s turned on, it will automatically play what the listener loves with amazing sound quality. Small enough that it can be brought anywhere. Simple to use. Beautifully crafted and if that’s not enough, it even responds to voice commands.

Aether Cone Speaker2. Rag & Bone Cashmere Beanie ($135).  Crafted from extra soft ribbed cashmere, this grey beanie from cult contemporary brand Rag & Bone is a fall/winter wardrobe essential. Both comfy and snug, you will have to beg him to take it off.

3. Nike Flystepper 2K3 ($125). Whether he’s a lover of basketball or simply likes the swag and off court fashion of a ball player, there is no doubt he will be into this street wear sneaker inspired by the basketball shoe with the same name.  The Nike Flystepper also comes in a Black/White/Grey colour way but the all black version is classic and can be dressed up or down.

Nike Flystepper 2K3

4. Rimowa Topas Multiwheel 55cm Carry-On Case ($875). Perfect for the savvy traveller who believes that style should still exist when traveling, Rimowa’s compact rigged aluminum carry-on case is the ideal hand luggage choice. It’s spacious, light, has 360 swivel wheels and an extendible handle for easy  manoeuvring. Crafted to the German company’s high standards, it makes an outstanding gift for any man with a case of wanderlust.

5. RW&Co Reversible Puffer Jacket ($140). Not every single day during winter calls for a parka. Some days call for a lighter jacket that your guy can layer over his go-to cashmere sweaters for a casual yet chic look. And the bonus, this topper from RW&Co is reversible, so it’s basically two jackets for the price of one!

RW&Co Reversible Puffer Jacket

6. Byredo Sunday Cologne ($250). I am not sure why Byredo called this scent Sunday Cologne because I am pretty damn sure he will want to wear it every day of the week. Buying a scent for someone else other than yourself can be a bit challenging but this one is so versatile and timeless, anyone can easily make it their signature scent.  With a patchouli base and mixed notes of incense, lavender, cardamon and bold bergamot, it’s the type of cologne you want to spray on your clothes as a reminder of your guy when he’s not around.

7. RW&Co’s Canvas Knapsack ($70). This versatile backpack from RW&Co is ideal for both weekdays and weekend getaways with tons of room. For those who have a laid back office style, it could even be used as a computer bag. The canvas and vegan leather details on the exterior will be sure to grab some attention but not to be out down by the unique paisley print interior.

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8. Leica x “Edition Moncler” Camera ($2,950). The ideal gift for your gadget loving dude or fashionable friend who prefers to capture images with a real camera instead of his iPhone. With a leatherette stripped cladding in the classic Moncler logo colours, 16.5 megapixels , this cam also includes a special edition white leather carrying case.

Leica x Moncler Camera

2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2014

Another holiday season is upon us and during this time it’s easy to get sidetracked by year end work deadlines and an obscene amount of  seasonal parties. So where does this leave the task of purchasing gifts for your loved ones? I think it’s safe to say that it falls pretty low on the list of things “to-do” and when left for last minute, it can lead to a lot of anxiety. Although I can’t physically go out and buy the gifts for your loved ones, I can certainly help out with some gift ideas that may be helpful when you begin your shopping. I’ve rounded up a lust list of items that would make perfect gifts for the gals in your life and perhaps you will even find something you want to add to your own wish list!

1. LITTLE BLACK DRESS  A crucial part of getting through the holidays is having the right pieces in your wardrobe and the perfect “LBD” can be a lifesaver. Although you may be a busy bee in the coming weeks shopping for family and friends, I am a big advocate of buying a little something for yourself  along the way…it’s harmless.  Whether it’s a work holiday party, cocktails with girlfriends, a chic Christmas Day dinner or a New Year’s Eve fete, the  textured dress with plunging neckline I’m wearing above from the Elle by RW&Co Limited Edition ($169.99) collection is perfect for any festivity and can be worn for seasons to come. View the entire fashion forward capsule dress collection here.

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

2 & 3. FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED Every beauty obsessed babe has a fave scent and “go-to” beauty makeup products that can make them smell and look fabulous in a pinch. My adoration for Diptyque candles has now turned into love for the brand’s perfume. Eau Duelle Parfum by Diptyqye ($165) is currently my favourite and has rich and deep notes featuring a sensuous bourbon vanilla scent. Makeup is a great as a stocking stuffer and Make Up For Ever’s “Beauty Kit” ($45) offers 6 of the brand’s iconic products that can create the perfect holiday look. Enclosed is the Mini HD Microperfecting Primer, Mini HD Microfinish Powder, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Mini Aqua Eye and Lip Pencils and the perfect red lippy.

4. CAN’T GO WRONG I don’t think it matters whether a woman lives in a city with four seasons or it’s hot all year round, if she’s seriously into fashion then she will need a statement leather jacket. And seriously who does moto’s better than Scandinavian brand Acne? Their Shearling Trimmed Leather Biker Jacket   ($1,950) is a modern classic. It comes with a detachable shearling collar, luxe oversized hardware and premium lambskin leather. It will no doubt bring a smile to whomever receives it and they will be set to start the new year in style.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her Luxe City Guides

5. FOR THE HOSTESS OR SAVVY TRAVELER The ideal gift for a hostess, co-worker or a fashionista who is a well heeled traveler. This LUXE City Guides gift set ($60) will assist in navigating the fashion capital cities of the world; London, Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney. These pocket (or clutch) sized guide books advise on the best shopping, eats and drinks each city has to offer.

6. FOR THE COOL DOWNTOWN GIRL The right pair of sunnies sometimes is just the thing you need to transform an outfit and it’s better than any beauty secret when you want to cover bags under your eyes or go makeup free.  Sure, traditional black sunglasses are cool, but nothing is cooler than The Row’s Tortoiseshell Round Framed Acetate Sunglasses ($400).

Bathnogg Holiday Bath Bomb Gift Set

7. BATHROOM BLISS There is undoubtedly items that we don’t necessarily buy for ourselves but would LOVE to receive them or would definitely purchase for someone else. Bath Bomb’s products are my latest obsession and I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift for someone you know is in desperate need of R&R during the holiday season.  Dense in essential oils, butters and other rejuvenating components, adding one of their bombs will transport you to a beautifully smelling parallel universe. BathNogg Holiday Gift Set ($25.95).

8. SPORTY SPICE There is not much of a separation between fitness apparel and street fashion these days. For the “Sporty Spice” in your life, Nike’s Tech Pack Butterfly Hoodie ($160) is the perfect gift. It can be worn to exercise in or can be a transitional piece to take you throughout the day paired with her regular street wear. *Can be found in Nike Retail Stores, Sport Chek, and Sporting Life locations in Canada.

9.  SECRET SANTA Always get stuck with when it comes to Secret Santa gifts? I will be honest, it can be tricky to find something chic to give to someone for under $20. RW&Co has come to my rescue this season with their extensive accessories collection with luxe looking jewelry. These Vintage Inspired Button Earrings ($16) has a stunning faceted center stone flanked by a micro pave rhinestone hailo border.

Make sure to stay tuned as I will be launching a contest to give away one of these amazing gifts to a lucky follower. The giveaway will be announced on Monday December 1st at noon.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

So Sasha Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I may not truly buy into the whole idea of Valentine’s Day, but let me be clear, I have never been mad at the idea of receiving prezzies from someone I’ve fancied. Any man I’ve ever dated knows I am not a huge fan of the usual “Hallmark Holiday” gifts that us girls usually receive on February 14th, such as chocolate and lingerie that come after an overpriced prix fix dinner at some midtown restaurant. The way to this unconventional chick’s heart are items that don’t necessarily only need to be used in the bedroom and can be gifted on any day of the day of the year…and really, if you’re in love it should be Valentine’s Day everyday, no? I’ve rounded up some of my fave items (some I actually own) and others that are on my current “Lust List” in hopes to put some cool alternative gifts on your radar…

1. Diptyque Mini Candle Set – $84

There is nothing I love more than a beautifully scented candle. I have purchased all of the cult candle brands from Byredo, Jo Malone, Hotel Costes to Bond No. 9, but I always come back to the classic fragrances made by Parisian company Diptyque. The brand’s website allows you (or your beau) to create your own 3 mini candle set, which are the perfect size for the bedroom, bathroom or when traveling.

2. Charlotte Olympia “Monroe” Pumps $695

Every girl needs a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s in her closet and this classic “Monroe” pump in red suede is a fun and sexy alternative to a traditional black heel. The slight platform increases the comfort level and goes well with both denim or an LBD.

3. Jabra Solemate Mini $100

I have been ranting and raving about Jabra’s wireless options for playing music on the go both on the blog and social media. I use both the Revo Wireless headphones and the Solemate daily when I’m working out and at chilling at home. Just in time for the “Day of Love”, Jabra has introduced the new Solemate mini in red. So mini in fact, it’s practically the size of an iPhone 5 – which means you can literally carry it in your handbag! Small speakers…with a big sound!

4. Miu Miu Biker Quilted Leather Clutch $1,020

Miu Miu, quilted leather and moto inspiration…three of some of my favourite things all rolled into one handbag. The colourblocked red and white colour is super luxe and for a clutch it’s spacious enough to hold all your V-Day date essentials. A snap-fastening pocket on the back of the bag in black is perfect for conveniently storing your ID, credit cards and cash.

5. Birchbox 12 Month Membership $110

I’ve always loved the idea of beauty box memberships – they are the BEST for those of you who are commitment phobes when it comes to investing in an expensive beauty product. It is the perfect way to test out all the latest and greatest products on the market before committing and buying the full size (and often expensive full price) version of a product. Cannot think of a beauty gift for a beauty fanatic.

6. Nadege “Je T’aime” Box of 12 Macarons $26.50

Nadege Patisserie makes some of the tastiest macarons in Toronto. The boutique shop’s almond mini meringue wonders have a delicate crunch to the outer layer and filled with the most delish ganache, flavoured buttercream or jam. It’s a little piece of heaven and if I could eat them everyday without compromising my waistline, I totally would!

7. Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Mirrored Sunglasses $565

Aviators are a thing of the past. Get into 2014 with round framed sunnies from Cutler and Gross. Each of the brand’s sunnies are made by hand in Italy. The entire process to make these beauties takes approximately a month with over 30 steps. What better way to look at your lover than through these chic lenses. Taking it to another level, the arms are leather wrapped and the frame is adorned with pearlescent acetate.

8. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Fire Engine Red $319

Latte and coffee drinkers will LOVE waking up to a fresh cup made with this ultra chic machine. It allows you to make a wide variety of hot beverage options that require frothy milk such as latte macchiatos and cappuccino and the machine looks stunning displayed on your kitchen counter.

I am giving away the cute and powerful Jabra Solemate Mini wireless speakers as a Valentine’s Day gift to one lucky follower. Entering the contest is easy…you must follow both @sashaexeter and @Jabra_US on Twitter and tweet the following to me, “@SashaExeter I want to enjoy my music with @Jabra_US’s wireless Solemate mini #SoleMateMini“. Contest starts February 10th, 2014 and ends Thursday February 13th at 9 PM EST. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday February 14th at noon.

*Contest open to Canadian and US residents only*

So Sasha 2013 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Procrastination is oh so common during this time of the year…finding the right gift for your loved ones can be a difficult task – and leaving it until the last minute can cause even the most zen person anxiety. For all of you last minute shoppers out there, I’ve rounded up some of my ultimate favourite things from this past year that would make perfect gifts for your Mother, Sister,  Besties or perhaps you will find something  that you want to add to your own wish list!

1. Byredo Eau de Parfum 1996 Inez & Vinoodh – $175: Launched late into 2013, this unisex Oriental woody fragrance is currently my favourite scent from Swedish perfume house Byredo. Founder Ben Gorham teamed up with Inez & Vinoodh for this special collaboration inspired by a photograph of a young girl entitled “Kristen 1996” taken by the fame photog duo in that year.

2. Mackage Jori Medium Crossbody Bag – $495 : Although Mackage has just entered it’s second season of accessories, one could easily believe that this leather and outerwear brand has been creating gorge, must-have bags for years. This season, the Jori Crossbody Bag was the standout star of the collection. *Also available in a black & blue combination and all black.

3. “It” by Alexa Chung – approx $20: Already a Model, TV Personality, and Designer; “Brit-It” girl Alexa Chung can now add Author to her list of achievements. Chung’s newly released hardcover book shares her influences/inspirations, musings and gives readers a glimpse into her life via drawings, pictures and personal writing.

4. Acne Studios “Merci” Leather Jacket in Grey – Original Price $2,068 Sale Price $1,448: I don’t think I’ve ever met an Acne piece I didn’t like. The brand seems to have nailed down leather moto jackets with the quality of materials used, cut and design. The proof…the brand’s “Merci” loose fit moto. The rich leather in a grey colour is absolutely stunning and allows the jacket to be worn in any season.

5. Samsung Galaxy Optical Zoom Digital Camera – $499: Shoot, edit and share your pics and videos with this tablet-like digital camera. With 16 mega pixels, it delivers crisp and clear photos and stunning Full HD video, this camera is a must for documenting special moments or for taking the perfect selfie. Best part…using the 4.8″ touchscreen , you can edit your photos to ensure they are Instagram worthy and share them immediately on your social media accounts or via email.

6. Caravelle Oversized Men’s Gold Watch – $85: There is nothing more sexy than a classic, over-sized Men’s watch on a woman and in my opinion, the bigger the better. Bulova’s newly launched watch collection inspired by New York City has beautifully crafted watches guaranteed to enhance any outfit with unbelievably attractive price points. The collection can be purchased at Sears and Ben Moss locations.

7. Thierry Lasry Deeply Sunglasses – $440: Handmade in France, Thierry Lasry frames are the epitome of chic. I got introduced to the sunglasses brand at Pink Tartan’s flagship location and immediately fell in love with the line’s aesthetic. Totally crushed out on this pair’s thick ombre frame with scaled-down lenses.

8. Mulberry Textured Leather Jewelry Case – $600: What better way for a gal to pack and carry her prize jewelry possessions than in this luxe textured leather case? The ideal gift for any savvy traveler, the case has three separate components to keep all delicate pieces separated.

Jabra | Crisp, Clean Audio With No Strings Attached

Jabra Wireless Headphones

Since I started running regularly, I’ve always wished someone would come out with wireless headphones that not only look great but matches the functionality of other high end, noise cancelling headphones. If you lead an active lifestyle you would probably agree that there is nothing more annoying than an extra long wire dangling down your side from your headphones while running or working out. Thankfully, Jabra has answered my prayers with two of their tech savvy and stylish products; REVO Wireless Headphones and Solemate speakers. I’ve been happily testing out the REVO wireless headphones (pictured above) for over a month now and I keep asking myself how I was living without them for all this time. With High-Def Dolby Digital Plus, the sound is unreal and is compatible with iPods, iPhones and iPads via wireless connectivity. As if they were manufactured for clumsy people like me, these headphones are engineered with solid materials – an aluminum frame, shatterproof headband and steel hinges…making them super durable. With it’s extra long battery life, up to 72 hours, its also the perfect companion for travel.

Jabra Wireless SpeakersWant a way to share your music on the go with your peeps? Jabra has that covered as well with Solemate. The wireless speakers come in three sizes, the smallest being the size of an iPhone but has enough sound power to get the party started and comes in a variety of colours. Equipped with a splash/dust resistant cover and durable rubber sole, these speakers are almost indestructible. The size makes it easy to bring along to a get-together or to the beach…and would be a perfect gift for a loved one during the holidays.

For more information on Jabra and their cool products head over to www.jabra.com.

For The Hostess With The Mostess!

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We are right in the holiday thick of things and the other day I couldn’t help but wonder; “I’ve made a wishlist of items I would like to receive. I have other people’s wishlists so I know what to buy them and I have done some community work and given back to those who are less fortunate – so, I am done for the holiday season!”. But clearly I am not. What about thank you gifts for all the gracious people that are hosting me and my family over the next two weeks at their homes for dinners, get-togethers and over night visits. It has become more evident that gift giving to the hostess is more a thing of the past, which I am not sure I like. Gone are the days when a package or a hand written card would show up at your doorstep a few days after hosting friends for dinner. The most hostess’ get nowadays is a quick text thanking them for the shindig and a pile of dirty dishes to clean up on their own. So…I have decided to practice what I preach, take it back to the “old school” and make more of an effort to do the little things that show a host or hostess I was appreciative. In case you need a little assistance picking out the right item, here are a few suggestions that I am sure would put a smile on any hostess’ face – even if they are left cleaning up solo at the end of the evening!

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Kate Spade Sweet Pea Posy Vase $35

 

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Lollia In Love Bubble Bath $34

 

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Jo Malone Travel Candle Set in 3 scents $95

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Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Bath and Body Collection $50-70

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Pottery Barn Monogrammed Oval PaperWhite Soaps $50

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose $80

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ILLUME Eternal Nomad Mediterranean $28

 Do you have any sweet and chic gift ideas for hosts during the holiday season? If so, please share with us in the comments section!

XO,

S

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