happy birthday to s&s! this little slice of the internet turns 7 today!

it really doesn’t feel like that long, but in all actuality, it has been much longer.

before s&s i wrote a blog called (off)TheRightTrack. it focused on recovery from a bad ankle injury (pre-leg break), general fitness and lifestyle. i detailed my physio and platelet injection procedures as well as sister’s and my first trip to Boston. i worked on self-esteem and yoga poses. every post title was actually a song lyric – a fact i never shared, and it seemed no one picked up on.

i stopped writing it in august 2010 because of a troll. an internet troll ahead of his time, who wanted his buddy to get the job that a 24-year-old blonde girl (me) did instead. he tore deep. he said really nasty things. and my brand new boss was hesitant. being 24, i gave in to the troll and the boss and retired from blogging.

four months later i realized that was stupid and made my triumphant return with s&s. i still have the troll blocked on twitter, and forgave the boss almost immediately.

in the last seven years, i’ve moved across the country, broke my leg, saw my friends get married and have babies, shared all my dating adventures, had a lot of fun giveaways, and so much more.

i learned how to take much better photos, and rebranded three times – s&s used to have a lot of pink and blue on it and looked like a gender reveal.

i’ve worked on mending heartbreak, shared my test pages, and took deep dives into my friends’ purses and gym bags.

i have been lucky to work with some really incredible brands and even better pr people behind the brands. i have formed friendships with these people, which is always more rewarding than any business deal.

the internet has also introduced me to many friends – thank you for always reading and commenting. i write for me, but happy you’re sticking around for the fun.

*giveaway*

as a little thank you, i am giving one s&s reader a not-sponsored-by starbucks gift card. all you have to do is leave a comment and share a s&s memory – how we met, a favourite post, how you found it, etc. i’ll pick a winner on wed, jan 10.

xx

real winter is calgary isn’t as much fun as the pretend, above-zero winter we experienced until mid-december.

now it’s just cold. cold and dry. cold and dry and snowy. i fully understand why bears hibernate. i, too, would like to eat a lot and then comfortably sleep for long periods of time.

instead, i’ll be putting on every piece of clothing i own and walking to and from the train in the bitter cold temperatures.

to be able to protect myself, and my delicate skin, i arm myself with some of my favourite and most soothing products to keep me happy until spring.

 

 

bee lovely all over balm – neal’s yard remedies

cracked elbows and heels always come to say hello to me in the winter. it’s so dry in calgary that you need to up the water intake, and also get all the smoothing and moisturizing products. this deeply nourishing, organic body balm instantly relieves dry and rough patches of skin. it is easily absorbed, with the uplifting aroma of organic orange essential oil, to keep you soft and beautifully scented. you’ll also support more than 500 bees with every balm, as 3% of sales go to charities that help protect this humble, vital insect.

peppermint lip butter – rocky mountain soap company

not only does peppermint smell good, it’s refreshing and offers relief to dry, irritated, itchy, cracked lips. the lip butter is made of a blend of cocoa butter, beeswax and sesame oil, which combines to create a moisture bomb that your lips will love. their products are completely natural, and mostly organic if that matters to you.

spa spirit – saje wellness

while calgary may get frigid, it is thankfully very sunny. while i love liquid sunshine, i don’t have to turn to essential oils to boost my moods in the greyness – i’ll leave that for vancouver and south western ontario. i use spa spirt for it’s purifying qualities. it’s the diffuser version of throwing open the windows to air the place out. it also doesn’t hurt that the calming and uplifting blend of eucalyptus, grapefruit and benzoin turns my living room into a restful sanctuary.

summer honey – drizzle

because who doesn’t want to hold onto summer for dear life? while aja offers spring and holiday spiced varieties, the summer is my favourite. the light, sweet flavour is delicious, but also makes it the perfect honey for baking. drizzle is raw, unheated, sustainable honey, rich with healthy enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. raw honey is exceptional for sore throats and digestive issues. two things that are synonymous with the winter.

luxury lush pud – lush

when it’s basically dark all the time, all you want to do is sleep. anything that contains lavender is going to be your best ally. this bath bomb will be pretty in your tub, plus creamy benzoin resinoid soothes and protects chapped, dry skin, while the lavender oil and sweet, warm tonka banish tension and aid relaxation.

immunity – the gut lab

sickness is around every corner in the winter. it seems like there is always someone in the office with a cold, and sneezing and coughing on public transit is plentiful. a sprinkle of this immunity potion into a smoothie, soups and daily dishes, you’ll have all the weapons needed to fend off the flu. ‘sunshine’ is also one of my favourites. sip on a bright yellow, delicious turmeric latte and receive the anti-inflammatory benefits.


what are a few of your winter saviours? 


Wooden Wrist Watch

i love christmas. it’s my favourite holiday. our family has so many traditions that surround the day, but the best part for me is the extended visit that i get with sister, and doing all of our favourite things together.

these include, but are not limited to, lots of coffee, brunch, brunch and more brunch, naps, sleeping in, talking until all hours of the night, cookies, making pierogi, watching all of the so-bad-they’re-good holiday movies, watching The Holiday, watching Sound of Music, crying (duh!), driving to the states to go to Target, making a trip to Dunkin’, lots of giggling, talking about arkells, tagging each other in memes, and generally discussing how christmas gets a little weird when you’re an older single adult with semi-newly divorced parents.

this year i’ve heard rumblings that it will even include matching festive jammies!

i also get to spend my holiday in sister’s beautiful condo, decorated floor to ceiling in the most pinterest-perfect modern holiday glamour. blue suede christmas tree included!

to me, there is nothing better than a trimmed tree, crackling fire, and snow-covered ground – i’ll even put up with the cold if it means we can get some snow for christmas.

it may happen in calgary, but for now it’s dry streets and open coats. i’ve even had to take my mitts and hat off this week because it’s been too warm. i’m not complaining. cute always trumps cold.

i’ve been showing off my new frankie JORD wood watch and all of the fashionable and adorable winter accessories that i own, but are far too impractical for the -25 weather that is common around these parts of the north.

surprisingly, i haven’t worn a watch in my adult years up until now. i’ve never been in a romantic relationship long enough to reach the “we’re buying each other watches.” milestone. which is, what, the first holiday to follow the meeting-the-parents milestone? dating is really strange, ya’ll.

it’s probably for the best that i was able to pick out my own watch, as i’m super picky. i like unique styles and nothing too delicate – my hulk-smash man hands would just look silly. JORD delivers just that, their 100% natural, hand-finished wood watches come in a range of colours and styles.

and not to worry, if you’re looking to get a gift for yourself, or that special someone, a gorgeous wood watch can still be under your tree before christmas. use my link to get an additional 25% off your purchase. plus, they offer custom engraving (make it personal and from the heart) and a beautiful cedar watch box (consider gift-wrapping complete).

merry christmas, lovies! xx


do you wear a watch? have you purchased one for a significant other?

thank you JORD for the early christmas gift.