Scout

#iheartscout; 405 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

Guys, I’m going to get a little sentimental here and go off on a little tangent, but believe me, this all winds back around to Scout (which happens to be my absolute favourite little boutique in Toronto).

So, if you’ve visited my little “About” page, you’ve seen about a quarter of what is the main street (literally, it’s called Main Street) of my little hometown of Warkworth, Ontario. I heart Warkworth. I was born and raised there, and I still return at least once a month to visit my family. On almost every occasion home, I end up on Main Street, which is one of the three streets that make up the heart of Warkworth (Church Street and East Street are the remaining two).

The village has changed a lot since I was young. Present-day Warkworth is a tiny little village full of surprises and shops that celebrate the arts, good food, and at times, the whimsically absurd, with the majority of goods coming from crafters, artisans, and small-batch clothing and food companies. It’s this spirit that I love about Warkworth; it’s all about community and supporting the little guys with passion and creativity. (More to come on Warkworth in an upcoming post though, including the upcoming East Street Market and Warkworth Long Lunch—a community affair!)

So what does this all have to do with Scout? Well, I’m a smalltown girl at heart. I live in the big city of Toronto now, and I enjoy its little neighbourhoods, but Scout was the first space in this city that gave me this same sense of community and pure joy the moment I walked into this little shop of happiness on Roncescvalles a little over a year and a half ago.

Scout offers one-of-a-kind and handmade goods—that includes everything from stationary and books to jewellery, bags, candles, natural beauty products, brooch Bowies and Ron Swansons, and everything in between. When it comes to my purchases, I have two pretty big obsessions: jewellery and mugs. Scout perpetuates both with its stellar selections. Really, I’m just plain hooked on Scout and could gush over this place for seemingly ever, but every post must eventually end.

Before I sign off and leave you with a little sneak-peek gallery, let me offer a couple of tips for your upcoming shopping trip to Scout (because, you know you just have to go now):

  1. Bring lots of money, because you’ll want to buy everything
  2. If you need any help, just ask; the ladies at Scout are always super helpful and the absolute sweetest!
  3. If you like it, buy it; things can go fast and as any one-of-a-kind goods lover knows, when it’s gone, it’s gone. (I’ve learned the hard way…sigh)

For more information on Scout’s location and hours, head on over to www.iheartscout.com.

MinimalVS

Maja Rolc Majeric and team; Ljubiljana, Slovenia

Every girl thinks about her ideal engagement ring. There are the classics: princess solitaire, cushion-cut three-stone, the signature Tiffany Setting. And then there are the stunning, simple, and unique designs of MinimalVS—a style that stands out without overwhelming. Their basic shapes and designs bring out beauty in simplicity.

I’m always browsing Etsy for new designers and creative minds. When I browsed the site for the very first time, I was swallowed up by MinimalVS. I couldn’t stop clicking from product to product, creating a mental wish list, when I finally made it to the engagement rings and wedding sets. I thought I had an idea of my ideal ring before—nope! (Though I definitely have a better idea now.)

Owner and designer Maja Rolc Majeric and her team of talented creatives and customer support professionals hail from Slovenia. Each ring is a labour of love and an absolute team effort. Their goal: to make all their customers happier and prettier. Their superstar ability: to truly bring out richness, elegance, and purity through minimalism. All diamonds used are all-natural and conflict-free.

Ladies, grab a glass of wine and swoon over these beauties. (Then pass the link along to the mister.)

Purchasing information: You can browse the MinimalVS Etsy shop, which features engagement rings, wedding sets, and modern jewellery for everyday wear. MinimalVS accepts custom orders; please contact them via Etsy before purchase.