Lover's Tempo jewellery box
Lover’s Tempo

A Travel-Friendly Jewellery Box, $45

Oh look, I found another way to brag about being engaged! First, though, a confession: I take terrible care of my jewellery, especially when I’m traveling. It’s not uncommon for me to just throw whatever necklaces and earrings I plan to wear into the same toiletry bag as my damp toothbrush. But I do have some *ahem* nicer things now (namely, a ring) so I’m looking for a way to properly store my jewellery when I travel. This luxe jewellery box from Vancouver-based Lover’s Tempo ($45) should do the trick.—Alyssa Hirose, assistant editor

Vans OG Epoch LX Sneakers $125

The entire dressy-sneakers trend has sort of left me cold. At the high-end, the huge, hey-look-at-me soles on Alexander McQueen’s or Balmain are definitely not my vibe. I once spent an inordinate of money on a pair a Golden Gooses, and they have a profile so low that ducks seems to be their target audience, podiatrist-ly speaking. But when I saw these updated Vans on the Holt’s website, I had my Goldilocks moment—not too flashy, not too plain (and not too expensive)—and on the list they went. I feel like I’m keeping it real with the Vans, but also dipping my toe into the fashion end of the spectrum without looking like I’m trying too hard. And the name is fitting because Alyssa would freely describe me as being from a different epoch, but I am also definitely am at least half of an OG.—Neal McLennan, wine and spirits editor

Embrace Change Talisman from Pyrrha, $289 USD

I recently toured Pyrrha’s production facility in Vancouver, where they’ve made it a mission to make sustainability a core value of the business. They’re a certified carbon-neutral B Corp, and all of their jewellery is handcrafted right in their studio from 100-percent recycled/reclaimed metals. And I just love their talismans—each one has a specific meaning, derived from antique wax seals from the Victorian era. This one, Embrace Change—well, that just speaks to 2023 for me (and really, the last decade or so!).—Anicka Quin, editorial director

hmm scissors

Hmm Scissors, $60

How many laps have I done around Old Faithful, whispering to myself “It’s all so niiiiice”? Too many to count. So someone, please, gift me some of the beautifully curated tools and accessories so I can have this experience in my own home and the lovely Old Faithful sales staff can stop having concerned meetings about me. Specifically, I would love to unwrap these Hmm scissors. They’re incredibly pleasing to hold—just the perfect weight—and while no one has allowed me to put them to the test, I have no doubt the wide blades would slice wrapping paper or chop stems of cilantro with a confident ease. A very, very nice pair of artisanal scissors is exactly the sort of thing I would never buy for myself, but that would spark both a sense of joy and a new thing to whisper: “Ooooh, she fannnncy.” —Stacey McLachlan, editor at large


Classic oxford loafer

Dr. Martens Adrian Tassle Loafers, $180

Most of the trends from the 90s I’ve resisted up to this point. Low-waisted jeans, the zig-zag hairband (my childhood scalp wounds are only finally healed over), I’ve been able to look past a lot of these past looks but one I can’t seem to shake is the look of this pair of stylish loafers. These chunky clodhoppers have that perfect mix of sophistication and childhood nostalgia—and they’re warm and comfortable which has become my ruling fashion philosophy as of late. I can wear them with jeans, tights, heck I can probably even class-up my sweats with these shiny tassled-beauties. True story, I wanted these exact shoes when I was a child (yes, in the 90s) and to be reunited with this love after all these years would be right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie—my shoes being of course the romantic lead who still lives in my hometown and probably owns a struggling bed and breakfast. Needless to say, these dream oxford loafers are timeless and it’s about time I got myself a pair (or anybody reading this, size 8 thank you very much).—Kerri Donaldson, assistant editor