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How to Take the Stress out of Holiday Shopping with

apps, GEAR By November 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

airmilesshopsAhh.  The bustling crowds at the mall.  Are you getting excited? Think of it: in every city across Canada, hours have been extended and decorations hung in anticipation of the RUSH.  You know the one I mean: the parking lot scramble, forgetting where you put your car and carrying 15 heavy bags and ending up in tears (maybe that’s just me), lining up for the must-have toy of the season because you know it’ll make your little one cry tears of joy.

I have made a vow this year to do a lot of my shopping online.  Do I trust online shopping?  Absolutely.  Even credit card companies protect us these days.  Must I worry about store closing times, a perfectly coiffed friend seeing me in sweats or getting lost in a mall?  No.

As I write I’m distracted by the thought of a roaring fire and glass of eggnog. The dog is snuggled at my feet and I’m watching Casablanca in the background as I browse online for holiday gifts.  For others, of course.  Bliss.

Though I have been an AIR MILES Collector for 20 years, I didn’t discover until this year.  Shocked, all of the stores I was planning to visit both North and South of the border are actually online – and I will earn reward miles for my shopping. As a bonus, many of the stores on have offers to earn 2x, 3x even 10x the reward miles on your purchases. In fact, right now for Black Friday you can earn 10x the reward miles on your purchases with until December 4th.

All stores on ship to or within Canada and many offer a special Canadian checkout section where purchases are priced in Canadian dollars. Wow!  I get so frustrated when I go through the process on a website only to discover that the store ships only to the US.  Nobody should put baby in a corner.

Want to know the stores?  Let’s start with Anthropologie, shall we?  And then the Apple Store Canada.  Followed by a few of my favourites for each family member:

Other Son: TOMS Canada
Mother: Hudson’s Bay Company
Me: Sephora
Husband: Bose Canada
Me from Husband: Victoria’s Secret or FTD
Dog: PetSmart
Father-in-Law: Snapfish
Cool Kid down the block: Roots
Girlfriends like me: Bloomingdales, Ann Taylor and Neiman Marcus.

My ‘work’ is done.

So as packages come in (or are wrapped and shipped directly to the recipient saving me a trip to the post office), you may hear a little squeal from me.  And each order I make is adding to my growing bank of AIR MILES reward miles and reducing my holiday to-do list.  With this lack of stress combined with my extra AIR MILES reward miles, I might just have to hop a plane to Hawaii for New Year’s.

<Only Half Joking>.

In terms of shipping, the individual stores do that. Visit to start your own holiday shopping!

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Kim Newport-Mimran's Top Ten Tips for Effortless Style

FAM, GEAR, self, style By October 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Pink Tartan WashableWhat a coup.  Washable, tailored and stylish pieces that are WASHABLE.  Maybe I said that already.  Kim Newport-Mimran, President and Creative Director of Pink Tartan, has joined forces with Tide Pods to create The Washable Collection.  UrbanMommies was at the Vancouver launch and loved what we saw.

Pieces of this amazing line will be made available at select, The Bay and Holt Renfrew stores nationwide. 

Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the woman behind Canada’s iconic fashion brand, Pink Tartan, knows a thing or two about looking chic. As the creative director and president for one of Canada’s most successful women’s wear lines and as a mom, Kim shares her style secrets for looking great on the go.  

Kim Newport-Mimran’s top ten tips for effortless style

Timeless pieces are always in fashion

We’re all guilty of committing fashion crimes at some point, but building a wardrobe founded in timeless pieces will ensure your look is always on point. By choosing pieces you can wear season after season, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your wardrobe. To keep my washable pieces looking their best, I launder with Tide Pods – an item every woman needs to have in her fabric care arsenal.

Try out new trends through accessories

Developing your own personal style comes with finding cuts that fit your body and colours that compliment your skin. Stick to it and don’t be swayed by the latest runway trend. To incorporate seasonal trends into your wardrobe, purchase smaller pieces like a bag, scarf or shoes.  Accessories are great because they update your look without risk.

3.     Simplicity is the secret to elegance

I design pieces that look stylish and fit into a modern woman’s lifestyle. By focusing on the cut of the garment, the quality of the fabric and small details like an exposed zipper, these pieces not only last but have wardrobe presence for years to come. Invest in great basics that can be paired with a variety of pieces to keep your look effortless and elegant.

You don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality

As my collection evolves, I want to ensure I’m making clothing for the modern woman. The Washable Collection was developed for her.  Each piece is made from quality washable fabrics that can be easily cared for. I recommend Tide Pods to care for all washable garments as they dissolve quickly and are easy to use.

Fit, fit, fit

The correct fit of your clothing is essential to great style. Regardless of the cost of your clothing, finding a tailor that can make small adjustments to your pieces will make your look and feel better. Not one body shape is alike and every woman can benefit from a good tailor. If you find a piece you love but it’s not in your size, buy it in a larger size and take it to the tailors, they can do wonders. 

6.     Find inspiration from fashion-eras gone by

My fashion inspiration comes for timeless icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and my grandmother. I remember my well-dressed grandmother serving tea sandwiches in pearls and the perfect top coat. From then on, I wanted to create iconic clothes that fit today’s modern woman. Finding inspiration on websites is a good way to expand your fashion mind and style.

Modern style is about care

Sometimes being chic is as simple as keeping your clothes looking crisp and clean. Imagine browsing your favourite shop if the clothing looked less than polished? It would completely alter the way you looked at the garment. The same is true when you wear something that looks worn out. I believe we should care for our clothing, as you would other items you cherish. Using Tide Pods protects your favourite pieces and helps keep them looking their best.

8.     Trending in my world

Some trends that we will be seeing from Pink Tartan this fall are digital floral prints in rich dark colours and super fine gauge cashmere. I also love a mid length skirt, whether it is a full or pencil skirt.

Sexy is what you don’t see

An understated confidence is the difference between you wearing your clothes vs. your clothes wearing you. By choosing clothing that fits your body, brings out your personality and makes you feel sexy, you’ll naturally ooze self-confidence and radiance.

Consider your overall look, not just an outfit

Instead of throwing together random pieces when choosing your clothing, try visualizing the overall look you’re trying to achieve. This will give you a polished style that you’ll feel good about. You can pull inspiration from fashion magazines or your favourite style icon.

For more information on the Pink Tartan Washable Collection for Tide Pods, please visit

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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