I am ready for summer; we all are. It’s not the hot days we’re craving, although that is welcome, it’s the feeling of abandon that comes with knowing warm days will be spent near the water, or walking to our favourite ice cream shop, or sitting under a parasol sipping an icy, fruity drink. The flavours and smells let us relive our childhoods when summer really did mean freedom. And there’s nowhere better to enjoy summer than floating on an inflatable ice cream cone, so enjoy.
Nicole MacPherson – I live in Calgary, where having an outdoor pool is considered mere folly, so this is about more than me coveting the cutest pool flotation device ever created. This is about a dream I have of living somewhere warm, somewhere where I would need to cool off on a hot summer’s day, somewhere that I could sit by the pool with a frosty drink and think to myself, what a wonderful world. This is about eating a rocket ice pop and then floating on a giant rocket ice pop, with the sun on my (sunscreened) shoulders and a smile on my face. I am Nicole, and this is my dream.
Laureen Farnam – Normally, I am an extrovert and I enjoy a lot of interaction with other people, places, pets and things, but every now and then I have a day where any number of those interactions just seem to foil me at every turn and my attempts at a happy, positive, kindness-based life feel like they’re being thwarted. On a day such as this, I want nothing more than to isolate myself from the problems of the world, walk away from all things tech related and hide for a little while with a good book, some excellent music, and maybe a nice cup of super duper, extreme calming tea. This amazing piece of furniture (with included side table) seems like the perfect retreat when a little escape is needed. I am sure it would fit on my patio (and yours, too!) and I know it would get a lot of use on days such as these. Hey! It’s preferable to becoming a hermit, right?
Kelly Bos – I met Krista at her I am Just One booth during a conference and then kept circling back. The eye candy was there because the jewellery is gorgeous but more importantly I was drawn to the story. Buying from I am Just One is a chance to make a difference in Uganda and Kenya. I Am Just One’s namesake tells it all. After Krista travelled to Uganda she wondered what she could do, and although she was only one, she found she could help bring opportunities to others. I have given the jewellery as well loved gifts and wear my blue and yellow paper bead necklace ALL THE TIME. This Long Brass Arrow necklace has been on my mind since the fall and clearly needs to join the rotation.
Katja Wulfers – I love love LOVE local jeweller Colleen Poitras’s designs and I’ve bought a few cuffs and necklaces over the years, even some for other people. Her pieces are unique and edgy and satisfy my magpie soul. She does everything herself, from dyeing the leather to tooling the metal. I was scrolling through Instagram this morning with my morning coffee and saw this latest post and now I’m clicking over to buy one before it’s too late.