By Cathie Arquilla
Senior Writer and Stylist
Erin Tracy is known for her wedding jewelry–lovely conversion starter pieces that whisper unique simplicity. Her Toronto-based design team, manufacturing in Canada, collaborates with Erin to create bespoke jewelry-art of mixed materials. Both fashion and heirloom pieces are truly captivating and precious on every level. Design influences nod to the American Southwest, Scandinavia, and Japan. Price points are varied, so don’t be afraid to check out the entire site.
Skiing this winter? This ski writer hopes so! I’m heading on several ski trips (stories to come), and I’ll be wearing my HEAD Lindsey Vonn’s Legacy gold parka from last winter. The 2024 Tiffany Jacket in red, light blue, and black slays! It has the same specs as my jacket, and I love that these Lindsey jackets look as chic in New York City as they do on the slopes.
I’m stoked to try out my new HEAD skis, aptly called Pure Joy. They are “THE women’s ski for intermediate to advanced skiers, thanks to Better Balance Technology,” The skis are said to be versatile, easy to turn, quick, forgiving, and accessible to a wide range of skiers. I make turns for sure–I’ll be the judge!
Check out the Ya-Man blow dryer. It gets your hair dry, fast. The best thing about this dryer is that it’s super lightweight, less than a pound, and small too! This makes it great for travel. It comes with a Scalp Lift massage attachment that I don’t use, mainly because I’m in too much of a hurry to get my hair dry, but it feels good.
ANDI does stylish, sustainable, cool bags and backpacks that are great for a day of touring. The bags are so lightweight you won’t hesitate to fill them up. I particularly like the Black Leopard pattern, which comes in most styles. The Bucket bag was a winner for me. It has enough hardware and pockets to be both sophisticated and practical.
Betterfelt wool slippers are a Fair Trade Certified product, which means putting people and the planet first. Whimsical slippers from this Nepalese workshop will keep your feet cozy and your conscience clean. The Classic Slipper, a Danish design mainstay, is a great place to begin; follow that up and get silly with The Jester; both will make you smile and warm your heart.
What if a sports bra could engage the core, open up the hips, relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve, pull your shoulders back, and align your spine? Big claims, I know, but I’ve tried the Forme, and it definitely pulls your shoulders back, which probably leads to the rest of the benefits.
This is a patented technology, and while I was skeptical, I could feel the difference in my back posture wearing the bra, top, or whatever you want to call it. They are made for men, too. The only downside is that it is tight, and I think it has to be to do its job. So maybe that’s not a downside at all. Shoulders back, chest up!
Imagine a cozy winter’s night by the fire, learning about wine over a puzzle. That’s exactly what Water & Wines puzzles are all about. These puzzles educate you on the wine regions in various countries. They are “Sommelier crafted” and sustainably made for serious puzzlers. Cheers!
Rated the best “Overall Pick” comforter on Amazon and personally tested by me, the Cozybay Comforter is feather light and pleasingly fluffy. Don’t be fooled by its vacuum-packed appearance when unpacking. The box-stitch quilting reminds me of Scandinavian hotel comforters, keeping the filling in place and oh-so-fluffy!