Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Canadian-Made Lingerie

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Canada is well-known for our love of poutine, hockey, and great manners (thanks for thinking of us). We may not be the first country you think of for sensual lingerie, but these designers will prove that our lingerie can be just as sweet as our maple syrup.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you still have some time to order some decadent lingerie for your someone special. Your beau might appreciate these beautifully made intimates by these skilled Canadian designers.

But romantic lingerie is one of those gifts you absolutely don’t buy without consulting your giftee! Picking out something together is just half the fun, sit down together and enjoy a feast for your eyes (and the senses).

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#AskHJJ: Is Leather Ethical?

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Welcome to the second part of the new series, #ASKHJJ where I turn to you readers to ask those burning questions that you need the answers to! Ask me by FB, IG, email, or comment right below to inspire the next #ASKHJJ.

If you followed any of my gift guides during the holiday season, you’ve probably seen one of my popular gift guide, unique leather gifts! You probably thought it was unusual, if not morally questionable, that I would suggest leather goods but not discuss the ethical discourse surrounding it.

Leather isn’t as black and white as the controversial cows it originates from, the issue may be more complicated than you think.askhjj_ethicalleather

5 Truths You Should Know About Your Beauty Products

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Did you know I’ve always wanted to do a section on HJJ where I review beauty products? I’m constantly on a search for the next best facial cleanser, a non-problematic sunscreen, or soothing face mask that won’t burn my face.
Problem? I find that despite that I invest in products that are labelled “for sensitive skin” or “dermatologist tested”, everything makes me break out or causes my skin to burn. I’ve flushed so much money down the drain on products that did more damage than good, I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience or two.

After some research, I learned some important lessons that everyone whose interested in beauty products should know, sensitive-skin or not. This could help you save your money on claims that just aren’t true.

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Marina and the Diamonds in Toronto

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I bid 2015 a farewell with my Top HJJ Posts, but I didn’t share one of my personal highlights!

I wholeheartedly believe that attending a live music performance is a spiritual experience. If you listened to a beloved musician, feel every song, and understood their message, the intimate connection with them is intensified when they’re presence.

If this is the music that lifts you when you’re sad, or consoles you after heartache, then you understand what I mean. As for Marina and the Diamonds? She doesn’t hold back in telling you honest stories about loneliness, a desolate society, and songs about overcoming.
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DIY Ideas to Try For the New Year!

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The New Year is often a time for people to self-reflect and grow. It’s a time for open minds to learn new things, crafty hands to practice a new skill, and maybe check a thing or two off the new bucket list.

If you need some ideas and inspiration, HJJ has 5 ideas to try for the New Year.
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Top HJJ Posts in 2015

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2015 was an absolutely crazy year for HJJ! Though we just started this summer,

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Here are the top posts for 2015! Included in this best of is a combination of posts that are best received by you, most memorable to write, and most informative that could be referenced anytime.

What are some of your favs?

Gifts under $50 for the foodie fanatic

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Chop, chop! The festive season is coming to it’s end soon, though it feels like it just begun. You’re here to thank that special foodie in your life, for all those fresh muffins they baked you when you were groggy, for those gourmet meals they slaved over, and who can forget those infamous biscuits they make when you’re feeling down. Now it’s your serve up some big thank you and love.

If you’re looking for last minute gifts that’ll WOW that special foodie in your life, here are my top 5 gifts under $50 that’ll surely impress them.

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#AskHJJ: Being 100% Ethical?

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I’m very excited to introduce my new ethical series, #AskHJJ! Readers can submit their questions to me via email, Facebook, or Instagram. Once a month on my social media, I’ll put out a post where you can ask me questions of ethical things you’re curious about, or simply use the #AskHJJ.

I began talking about ethical fashion on here as a way of educating my friends (plus you), so it only felt appropriate the first questions come from them!

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alternative gifts for the ethically inclined

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It isn’t easy buying gifts for your socially conscious friends. You can’t run to the local mall any old gift with mysterious origins. I know these struggles. You both mean well, but wires can get crossed.

Communication is key, talk to your friends about what ethical direction they want to move into. Suggest any of these alternative gifts to them, and you’ll surely warm their hearts (without stepping on any toes).
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6 unique gifts for the leather aficonado

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Leather is a tough material, both metaphorically and physically. With it’s supple and versatile nature, designers all over the world are creating very distinct pieces coveted by fashion lovers everywhere.
If you’re shopping for a leather addict who lives for unique pieces to add to their collection, these 6 leathercraft designers will surely have their next fav piece in store.

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