November 2016 | Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Handmade Finds November

It's here! Handmade Finds November! If you are in the holiday gift buying spirit then nothing is sweeter than receiving a handmade gift.  So here a few shops that make beautiful handmade products that you can definitely put on your wish list or give as a gift!

1. A Cat-Like Curiosity 

A Cat-Like Curiosity is a fabulously arty, creative and curious business based in Yorkshire in the UK. It is staffed by Sarah Leonard - an artist, creativity coach and curious soul who loves all things arty and cat-like. I work from my home studio using mixed media and illustrative techniques to create gorgeous art. I then use that art to create all kinds of other goodies. I transfer my art onto necklaces, candles, brooches, cards and more!

This gorgeous and whimsical piece of art work is created on canvas board with lots of lovely layers of collage, paint, watercolours, stamping and more. It features a wonderfully whimsical lady with a soulful look and a musical soul. She appears by moonlight with her owl companion and they sing their own song.

2. boohua

boohua is a ceramic jewellery design studio in Shanghai

a set of three ceramic snowflake brooch

3. The Artisan Tribe

A collection of unique antique gemstone jewellery & accessories by The Artisan Tribe
Antique, vintage, handmade and bespoke semi-precious jewellery pieces and accessories, gift wrapped to make the perfect present. 

A pretty handmade antique golden choker with a delicate vintage ornate oval frill pendant with a beautiful rose cut soft purple natural amethyst. 
Amethyst is a calming stone with soothing energy that provides balance, patience and peace.


We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss Out On!

It's that time of the year, there are some awesome deals available online - cyber monday, cyber week, black friday etc.

We have curated some of the best deals here for you!



3. Anthropologie 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT; valid Nov. 27 through Nov. 29

4. JCREW use code HOLIDAY


6. H&M
and we have deals over at buzzing creatives as well, this is great for small business owners, online entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs, new bloggers etc. Also great to buy as a gift!:

Final Course price: $117
Pre sale price: $97

Black sale & Cyber Monday Price:  $48!


Friday, 18 November 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

*A side note:  So this is our first Friday Finds after the Election Results in the United States of America. As a person of colour and a woman let's just say I'm scared of what this world is coming to.  I have drowned myself in podcasts, news articles, and social media trying to understand the results and the global political environment right now and the movement towards a very very very dangerous place and time in history.  But I am glad that I am Canadian, but at the same time I am scared with the global trend right now towards nationalism and isolationism that this might be taken away from me as well.  

  1. Twinkle Khanna, a bollywood actor, daughter of the first ever bollywood Star Rajash Khanna, is an outspoken feminist. And way I say outspoken, I mean she does not bite her words and in a really raw way convey  things that I wish more people could do so in the same manner. Here are some awesome quotes by her about feminism!

  2. You know how there are lots of trendy, fashionable bags out there to carry your books and laptop? But they always seem impractical because they seem to be more about looks than practicality. For example, they always have a thin strap or just handles. I have always been a backpack person because of this.  But I have now found a beautiful bag, fashionable, great size, made to carry your laptop and guess what? It has a thick strap! Check it out! 

  3. This past week, we heard about the loss of Leonard Cohen, Canadian Singer, Songwriter and Poet.  Leonard Cohen's lyrics are some of the most beautiful poetry I have read.  He contributed so much to the art of songwriting and many didn't even know of this. For example, his song halleluah, is famous because of the most popular version of the song sung by Jeff Buckley.  If you haven't listened to him, take the time to do so! 

  4. Can't believe that it is almost time to put up christmas decorations! Time flies by so fast.  Time remove the mini pumpkins and put these up on our mantle, p.s. Isn't this an awesome gift to give someone during the holidays? 

  5. Check out this: A Map of How Canadians View Other Canadians


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Monday, 14 November 2016

Vitamin D Deficiency - living in Canada and darker skin

The days get shorter, it gets darker quicker and you spend more time indoors.  It's harder to wake up in the mornings.  And your mood? well your mood is also darker and your energy levels are just not the same. Where am I going here? I want to talk about Vitamin D deficiency.

Living up North, so far away from the equator does not help in these colder, darker months when it come to Vitamin D deficiency.  But you know what else factors in when it comes to your Vitamin D levels? The colour of your skin.  

According the StatsCan, here is a explanation of Vitamin D and it's importance:

"Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. When it is deficient, the body absorbs very little calcium. Deficiency in children can cause nutritional rickets, a condition that results in soft bones and skeletal deformities. In adults, low levels of vitamin D can cause osteoporosis." - Stats Can

Therefore, living in Canada, and having darker skin is definitely a couple of factors that contribute to my basically non-existent Vitamin D levels - I have NO Vitamin D - as in they couldn't even measure it when they did a blood test.  

According to StatsCan, darker skin makes it harder to absorb the Vitamin D you would receive via sun exposure:

"A factor associated with lower concentrations was, for some people, darker skin pigmentation. This is because it is more difficult for people with darker skin to get adequate vitamin D through sun exposure."

This brings me back to the cold, dark winter days that are ahead of us.  Although there is lots of mixed information out there regarding this, but Low Vitamin D levels also seem to have an affect on your mood.  In the summer, when you tend to be out in the sunshine more you might not notice the changes in mood, but in the winter this becomes quite apparent.  

It might be that your mood disorders are being exaggerated or that you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Any which way, I know, that for me I always noticed a drastic change in my mood in the winter months. Low energy levels and low mood, made winters feel really long and miserable. Having my birthday smack dab in the middle of winter (January) didn't really help either.  

For some odd reason, Vitamin D deficiency, was not on my family doctor's radar. But my specialist did rigorous blood work in which it turned out that my levels were so low that they couldn't even put down a number for Vitamin D on the report!!

So my friends, I want to take this space that we have online, and tell you get your Vitamin D tested.  And if you live up North, especially Canada, check out the guidelines of how much Vitamin D you should be taking - and then take it! 

Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D ---> Eggs (yolks), Fish (salmon), Oranges, Cod Liver Oil etc. 

It's amazing how having deficiency in key nutrients, vitamins and minerals can have an overall affect on your health - both physical and mental.  

p.s. Another piece of advice i have received is to use light therapy in the winters, it is supposed to help with your energy levels, mood and sleep. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Metallics Trend in Fashion

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This has got to be one of my favourite trends in fashion as of late. Metallics! I love how you can just add a pair of metallic shoes and it changes the entire look. Or you can be head to toe metallic.  I especially like the mixing of chunky knits & sweaters with metallic skirts. Metallics have been everywhere from the runway to street style. The best part of this is that you can invest in one good piece this season and style it in various different ways. A metallic dress is also a great option to wear to a holiday party.   I have been eyeing this trend for a while, especially metallic shoes.  I love the subtle hint of fun that a little pop of metallic on your feet can bring to your look.  


Friday, 4 November 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!

  1. Have you heard of this awesome Browser Extension? It will Automatically find and apply coupon codes. You can shop on sites like Macy's and Groupon etc. and this App will apply coupons automatically on checkout for you! This is perfect for all the holiday shopping!

  2. Have you noticed this fashion trend everywhere? I am in love with metallics!

  3. Being an Intersectional feminist myself and having studied Gender and Development in Grad School, I cannot emphasize how important it is to look beyond the box of white feminism that we are constantly fed in Western Society and media.  It is not just important but crucial when it comes to lives of women and men not just only here in North America but everywhere.  Check out this video of Unboxing White Feminism.

  4. Ideas on CBC is one of my favourite podcasts to listen to. Do give this one a listen where Jennifer Welsh discusses Francis Fukuyama 1989 essay "The End of History?" essay . This is part of the Massey Lectures.

  5. You wouldn't realize it but your skin also needs fatty oils full of vitamins. Investing in your skin goes a long way, especially paying attention to products that are organic and toxin free. This is what I swear by!

This week on footnotes and finds:

  1. Instagram Course for Creative Entrepreneurs Like You
  2. Are you a hugger or non-hugger? 

From the archives:

1. Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015
2. 7 things not to Pack on your Trip
3. Cool things for the office

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Are you a hugger? or a non-hugger?

Within my short time of being on earth thus far, I have come across all types of people. And let me tell you there are huggers and non huggers. The half huggers? They fit in with the non huggers, the half hug is the obligated "I have to hug the person but don't really want to". Just within our family we have people all over the spectrum when it comes to huggers.

Generally speaking, my father's side of the family is known as the "non huggers" and my mother's side of the family is considered "huggers".  I also need to had in a small caveat here, my family is of Punjabi background. And Punjabi's are known stereotypically as really affectionate people who love to party, laugh, hug, kiss you on the cheek etc. But note the word stereotypically, because in my understanding and experience thus far, I feel that the whole "hugging" and showing affection in this manner really matters what side of the rivers you are from in Punjab. An exemplar of this is clearly my Punjabi family.

To give some context here: My father's side is from an area within Punjab known as Malwa, more specifically near the city of Ludhiana, in Punjab India. Whereas my mother's side of the family is from an area known as Majha, near the city of Amritsar in the India side of Punjab and near the city of Lahore in the Pakistan side of Punjab. And let me tell you - they are quite different culturally when it comes to many things. In fact the dialect they speak of Punjabi is very different as well, so sometimes there are cases of them not even understanding words from the other place. So in this plays in the whole "hugging" people thing.

My mother's side? Major huggers. You hug when you greet one another, You hug a "aunty" that your mom somehow knows and you have never met, You hug when you are leaving. You hug every guest that is already sitting in the living room at the function you are invited at but have show up a little late to.  Hugs and kisses on the cheek from your grandmother - yep very common! Random hugs? yep there are tons of those too! Birthday hugs, thank you hugs, feel better hugs - hugs all around!

My father's side? Major non-huggers! (well except for my dad - he loves hugs).  They have their own way of showing affection. You greet one another - but no hugging required. In fact - hugging is really awkward for them.  Birthday hug? nope - makes it really awkward! But speak about your feelings and emotions? yes - there is lots of that! Discuss your weird ideas? yep lots of that too. So therefore, even if they are not huggers, they have other lovely ways of connecting!

Me? where do I fall on this spectrum? I'm a hugger. Although I prefer to receive hugs than give hugs.  Hugs to me, from the right person,  make me feel so much better. Let's just say I usually need a hug a day. The best hugs for me are from Prabh, my mom and my dad.  I also hug when I greet people. But to be honest those are usually half hugs, unless I know you really well! But this hugging thing took a while to grow on me to be honest. Growing up I was not much of a hugger. I would find it super awkward. But somehow and somewhere in my adult life I have come to love hugging and not thinking much of it. I also am usually able to gage, what people are more open to receiving hugs.  

Honestly for me, I get it, there are huggers and non-huggers and that's okay! We all have our own ways. I think living in such opposite spectrums of ways of showing affection just within my family has really informed my understanding of this. Prabh and me? we are huggers.  My two younger sisters? not much of huggers. Especially my youngest sister. But again they have their own ways of showing affection :)

Anyways, who knew I can write so much about the topic of hugging.  

What about you? Are you a hugger? or a non-hugger/half-hugger? 

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