Bake Shop Betty

I’ll find any excuse to bake. Whether it’s cookies, squares, cupcakes… the list goes on. Though I’m a fiend for baked goods, I avoid baking a whole cake unless it’s for a special occasion, meaning my boyfriend and I won’t be the only ones indulging. Now that the holiday season is in full swing I’ve been baking some yummy treats for friends and family. My recent excursion in the kitchen had me looking rather sad in my boyfriend’s too-big, striped brown apron. So I tracked down some cute and kitschy aprons to make whipping-up sugary goodies even more fun.

The Lady's Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie

Baker's Delight Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie

Mrs. Claus Apron, $19.96 US at Pier 1

Earth Angel Designs Apron, $38 at Doll Factory By Damzels (1122 Queen St. East, Toronto)

If you’ don’t have much of a sweet tooth (for shame!) or need to feel a little more inspired to get in the baking mood, then lather up with Cake Beauty‘s scrumptious-smelling Bath & Shower Bubbles as part of their Winter Wonderful collection. Available in three scents, Gingerbread Woman (soft ginger and sweet vanilla frosting); Snow Woman (toasted walnuts and vanilla cream); Jacky Frost (raspberries and vanilla crumble), the Bath & Shower Bubbles at a hefty 473 ml will leave your skin super soft and smelling good enough to eat right through winter.

Cake Bath & Shower Bubbles, $20 at Sephora and specialty retailers

— Jodi Goulart

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Make A Mise En Scene In Ruffian

I have a confession to make. In the past year, I’ve developed a crush on Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. There’s just something about their youthful yet sophisticated designs that make me all tingly. The Fall 2009 collection of  ladylike bow blouses, pencil skirts and tailored jackets in velvet and wool houndstooth, and point d’esprit stockings was a perfect mix of strong confidence and soft femininity with a Victorian twist.

Ruffian Fall 2009

Ruffian Fall 2009

Right now at Anthropologie stores you can get your own dash of Ruffian dandy with their limited edition collection for the retailer called Mise En Scene By Ruffian. Included in the collection are tailored jackets, ruffled blouses, lacy stockings and even candles and stemware. Below are a few of my favourite pieces.

Deidre Blouse

Deidre Blouse $132.28

Jacquard Gala Dress

Jacquard Gala Dress $255.59

Quilted Velvet Jacket

Quilted Velvet Jacket $210.75

Luxe Dotted Tights

Luxe Dotted Tights $42.60

— Jodi Goulart

Welcome To The Jungle

Lately it’s been a bit of a zoo out there on jewelery counters with bracelets, rings and necklaces adorned with sparkly creatures from the animal kingdom. Whether they’re coming from the sky, the sea or the jungle, there are all sorts of slithery and scaly reptiles or colourful and cuddly creatures to choose from. And hey, it’s a lot more easier than having an actual pet.

Betsey Johnson Snake Bracelet $56

Betsey Johnson Snake Bracelet $56

Anthropologie Tentacles Ring $200.40

Anthropologie Tentacles Ring $200.40

Swarovski Bugs Montana Satin Ring $220

Swarovski Bugs Montana Satin Ring $220

Forever 21 Owl Pendant Necklace Set $6.80

Forever 21 Owl Pendant Necklace Set $6.80

— Jodi Goulart