It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s the time when I get to shop for all the fabulous ladies in my life.   As December is quickly approaching, I’ve started my search for the ultimate in fashionable, fancy, and fun finds.  I’ve already found ten items that are perfect to give…and receive.

1) Joe Fresh Stripe Sweater $19 CAD   2) Jewliq Gold Love Bracelet $17 US   3) Victoria Secret Fireside Long Jane Pajama $49.50 US    4) Joe Fresh Faux Fur Scarf $29 CAD   5) Danier Leopard Print Coin Purse $14 CAD   6) Old Navy Zebra Print Socks $5 CAD                    7) Anthropologie Pop-Print Measuring Spoons $18 US   8 ) Forever 21 Glamorous Eyelash Curler $4.80 CAD   9) David’s Tea ‘ Tea for the Tree ‘ $4.50 each   10) Sephora Hounds-tooth Manicure Set $24

 

I believe that all women should wear pretty undies.  It makes you feel beautiful and sexy.  My absolute favourties are Hanky Panky panties.  They are  comfortable,  flattering, and of course pretty!  They come out with gorgeous new colours and prints every season.  Even though I have a very full drawer of them  at home, I can’t help but treat myself to just one more pair….and then another.  They are the perfect little pick me up, and your man will be happy too…trust me!

Go to www.hankypanky.com to see the full collection.

Now I like H&M and Forever 21 as much as the next gal, but if you want to find something a bit more special you have to look beyond the obvious shopping stand by’s. Here are my fave boutiques to shop in my great city of Vancouver.

For Shoes: Lord’s Shoes on South Granville Street is one of my favourite places to go for shoes. Lord’s carries all the brands you love like, Stuart Weitzman, L.A.M.B., Ted Baker, Frye Boots, and loads more. The last pair I bought from them was a sexy pair of Betsey Johnson booties.

For Wine: Kits Wine Cellar carries every grape you can think of from Wineries around the World. Their selection is incredible and if you can’t decide what to buy, they have a wine savvy staff to help you choose or even recommend something delicious. 2235 West 4th Ave.

For Gifts: Fine Finds in Yaletown is a gift mecca. It was formerly a furniture boutique but has transformed in to a fashion and gift hot spot. Weather you’re buying a new top, a baby gift, or a jewelry box, they have treats everywhere you look.

For Clothes and Jewelry: The Urban Rack Clothing Co is where every woman should shop. Notice I said woman and not girl. This is what I love so much about this boutique. They carry clothes for real women. Their size range is 0 – 14 and 25-34 in denim. They carry a great variety of fashion lines such as Mexx, Inwear, Language, AG Jeans, Mina UK, Michael Kors, Hanky Panky (my most favourite panties in the world) as well as local labels like Fidelity Jeans, Sweet Chemise, Kersh, and Karen Telio (local Jewelry designer).

For Cupcakes: I love cupcakes! My fave place to indulge is the oh so pretty Cupcakes s

tore on Broadway Ave. To get a taste of what these local cupcakes are all about, go to www.cupcakesonline.com

For Cosmetics: Beauty Mark in Yaletown is a girls dream come true. They carry lots of yummy things from beauty brands like Philosophy, I Love My Muff, Booty Parlor, Princpessa, and more. Other goodies they carry include hair products, jewelry, panties, fragrance, make-up, and skin care. Don’t worry, if you can’t get to them, they have beautymark.ca for you to shop with them online!

For Lingerie: Flesh Lingerie Boutique is small in size, but is filled with all kinds of pretty things. I bought my favourite little chemise from this boutique. I feel sexy and beautiful every time I wear it. They also carry a great selection of Hanky Panky products. (did I mention how much I love Hanky Panky?)

For Hats: If you are a hat girl like me than Edie Hats will be your happiest place on earth! I love Edie Hats. I have spent hours in this wall to wall, floor to ceiling covered in hats boutique. They have it al

For Home Decor: Paboom is a great store to find those special accent pieces for your house, apartment, or office. What you’ll find…candles, curtains, umbrella stands, kitchen gadgets, pillow covers, cake plates, crystal doorknobs, plus jewelry and handbags. This is also my go-to place for hostess gifts. 2209 West 4th Ave

More Vancouver boutiques to love: Barefoot Contessa on Main Street, Deluxe Junk Co consignment store on Cordova St., Dream boutique on Cordova St., Coco’s Closet on 4th Ave, Narcissist on Main St.

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