Toronto Store Closures

Embella Party Supplies and Giftware- NOW CLOSED

My little man loves balloons, so every year for his birthday we make sure to have a big batch of colourful ones. This year I picked them up from a great shop in my neighbourhood: Embella Party Supplies and Giftware. Not only do they have an excellent balloon selection and helium services, but they have a wonderful selection of gifts particularly if you have little girls to buy for. These tulle skirts and dresses are adorable:

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I love a good hair accessory. All the hairbands and bows will make your eyes pop:

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Most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and made by local artisans. These little crocheted shawls and dresses are beautiful.

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There is also a lovely selection of jewelry for mummies, as well as a party room, loot bag service and sewing classes. Embella Party Supplies and Giftware is located at 647 The Queensway in Etobicoke. Rosie :)

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Beddington's Bed & Bath | Bloor West

**Update: The Beddington's location in Bloor West Village has closed.**

I don't need to buy sheets very often, but when I do, I go to Beddington's Bed & Bath in Bloor West Village. They have the best sheets.

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Beddington's was founded in Ottawa, Ontario in 1991. There are retail locations in Toronto, Brampton, Burlington, Kingston, Ottawa and Gatineau. You can also buy their cozy soft bedding online. Rosie :)

Buying Reusable Swim Diapers Online

**Update: Diaper-eez closed in 2017. Gabby's products are available online at the My Lil' Miracle website.**

I took my little man swimming fairly early, at six months. I had a feeling he was going to love the water like I do, and he so does. At first I bought the disposable swim diapers but was turned on to the reusable Mother-ease brand after visiting one of my favourite baby stores, Diaper-eez in Bloor West Village. Diaper-eez is known for a quality selection of baby products and particularly their cloth diaper systems. Swimming lessons are starting up again and I anted to buy him another pair, but they were out of stock in his size. They recommended I visit Gabby's online store. They have such a great variety of reusable swim diapers and pool pants, and they are so cute. Look at these turtle ones I got him.

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What I like about Gabby's swim diapers over the Mother-ease ones is that they have hook and loop closures which gives you some flexibility as your little one grows. Gabby's is online only at Gabbys.net. They have been making this stuff since 1990. Rosie :)

Rescue Vintage Holiday Sale

There is a huge holiday sale going on right now at Rescue Vintage on Ossington. The entire store is buy one item, get one 50% off. Everything is included in this sale: new arrivals, vintage and already reduced items. Sale details are in the flyer below. If you still have some shopping left to do, why not do it at a gorgeous local boutique? Skip the mall, it's a horror show. Rosie :)

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Fashion Forward: Craigslist for Clothes: NOW CLOSED

If you get bored of your clothes and like to send them to consignment shops so they get a second life in another closet while you recoup some cash, then you are going to love this website. Canadian and American shoppers can shop for AND sell apparel and accessories online for free at Fashion Forward, which is like Craiglist but just for fashion. It couldn't be easier to use. I signed up for an account to sell my very fashion-forward sister-in-law Amanda's purse. Inspired by one of the bags Anne Hathaway wears in The Devil Wears Prada, we thought perhaps this stylish piece would catch the eye of a frugal fashion-find-seeking online shopper.

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When you create your account, you choose a location to let shoppers know where you are situated. I really like how local the site is; I could pick Etobicoke as my location instead of Toronto. Upload a picture of what you would like to sell, write a description, add your asking price, and then list it. Here's the purse (which Amanda bought at Kataya) listed on the Fashion Forward site.

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I see there is also a kids Canada Goose snow suit for sale right now in Alliston that has never been worn. There are many categories to shop, including wedding dresses, costumes and baby clothes. When you sell your stuff on Fashion Forward there are no fees and they take no commission, so you earn 100% of whatever your item sells for. Fashion Forward also supports the awesome charity New Circles which provides clothing to those who need it. So friends, there is your new way to waste time at work. Rosie :)

Kathleen's Closet: Wardrobe Services in Toronto: NOW CLOSED

Someone recently told me that women only wear 20 percent of their clothes and shoes. This seems entirely plausible to me. Recently I purged my closet- really cleared it out. I had so much stuff I couldn't see what I had anymore if that makes sense (my friends tell me it does.) I had no problem getting rid of about half my wardrobe. I am only sentimental about a few pieces and I was relieved to clear out most of it. But I have many friends who struggle with getting rid of clothes. One dear friend recently confided that she has 50 pairs of black pants. Two pairs fit. This is not good. This is heading into hoarder territory. She needs Kathleen.

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Kathleen's Closet provides personal shopping, style advice and wardrobe consulting that is affordable. Basically Kathleen will sort you out if your closet is overloaded with stuff you never wear and you are struggling with what to keep and what to get rid of. Not only will Kathleen organize your closet into a happy place with lots of well coordinated, properly fitting stylish outfits, she can also help you pass your unwanted clothes to Toronto women's shelters. I recently met Kathleen at an event and she is awesome. I like that her mission is to help women build their confidence and empower them by using fashion. Women are amazing and excellent clothes just make us even better. Kathleen's Closet is located in Liberty Village, as is The Golden Apple Confectionery, a sweets and chocolate shop that made Kathleen this stunning chocolate shoe.

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How gorgeous is that? I would both happily wear and eat it. Rosie :)