{ GUEST BLOGGER } Micaela Armstrong
I love the holidays! The joyful atmosphere, the cozy nights inside by the fireplace, and time spent celebrating with family make it such a special time of year. Unfortunately for some of us, the gift-giving aspect can be a bit overwhelming – especially when money is an issue. Being a student, I have to watch my spending carefully which can be difficult around this time of year! To facilitate holiday shopping for those in a similar position to myself, I decided to find compile a list of neat gifts for that almost anybody can appreciate for less than fifty dollars!

 1. 3 Wick Candle $22.50: Bath & Body Works
I love Bath and Body Works’ huge 3-Wick Candles. With scents such as Frosted Cranberry and Vanilla Snowflake, they make great gifts! They burn for about 25-45 hours and will fill the whole room with delicious holiday scents.

2. Hed Wavz Wireless Bluetooth Headphones $49.99: Future Shop
These wireless Bluetooth headphones are compatible with smartphones and MP3 players of all sorts. They’re ideal for working out because you don’t have to worry about the extra weight of your phone or MP3 player while you’re on the treadmill! Furthermore, they’re sound isolating, which is perfect when you need to tune out the rest of the world for a little while.

3. Lenox Tuscany Classics Decanter $39.99: Bed Bath & Beyond 
This elegant decanter is not only useful for entertaining, it’s a great decorative addition to a room. Perfect for the wine connoisseur in your life!

4. Vermeil Wish Studs $45: Brooklyn Designs
Our popular Wish Studs come in vermeil or sterling silver, and are just totally adorable!  Wear them alone for a casual day of studying or work, or pair them with a bold necklace for a night out. You can never go wrong with a pair of studs!

5. Contigo Stainless Travel Mug $27.99: Target
Travel mugs are always a great gift. They’re something that a person wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, but they are endlessly useful! Available in tons of different colours to suit any recipient, these travel mugs are spill-proof and will keep your drink hot for up to 7 hours.

Micaela Armstrong is Head Assistant at Brooklyn Designs and a part-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.



Are you a fan of Bones? So are we! 
We spotted the lovely actress Emily Deschanel wearing our Black Onyx Illiana necklace this week. 

Dr. "Bones" Brennan wearing our Black Onyx Illiana necklace on Bones.

I love that costume designer Robin Lewis dresses all of the women not only in great clothes, but lots of jewelry too! Smart and stylish is always in style don't you think?
Look for more of our jewels being worn on Bones this season and look back here for all of the latest updates.


Can you believe there are only 35 days until Christmas?!
It seems so soon doesn't it? Well, I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE Christmas! The warm fuzzy feeling that it brings is what I crave all year long. Not to mention After Eight chocolates, spending time with family and friends, and of course Bailey's Irish Cream.

Not sure what to buy the lovely ladies in your life? We're here to help! We've created some great gift guides that we'll be sharing over the next couple of weeks and today we're starting with The Fashionista.

1. Plaid Blanket Scarf $38 : Asos
Every girl needs a plaid blanket scarf this year especially the fashionista in your life. Trust me, this is a MUST HAVE for sure! We love this oversized scarf from Asos and think it would make the perfect gift to give. 

2. Black Onyx Cameron Necklace $155 : Brooklyn Designs
Perfect for layering, our Cameron necklace features a bold geometric cut gemstone pendant that will also double as a stand alone piece. Every fashionista needs a bold black & gold piece of jewelry this year.

3. Leopard Print Phone Case $40 : Sonix
What's not to love about Sonix cases?! They have so many great prints to choose from, it's hard to decide. But, you can never go wrong with leopard print when it comes to the fashionista in your life. These cases are super fun and I get nothing but compliments on mine (I bought this one)

4. The Best of Sephora $59 : Sephora
Makeup essentials are always in style, and your fashionista will thank you for stocking up her makeup case with these tried and true best sellers.

5. Glitter Hair Ties $8 : Brooklyn Designs
We love this cute little 4-pack and we know your fashionista will too! Arm your glamour girl with our special glittler hair tie pack this holiday season.

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