#30IN30 – DAY #30 – MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BARB

Thank you so much for following along on my Christmas Shopping adventures in Uptown Saint John.

As you know – the whole reason I used to do this (and asked Uptown Saint John if I could do it again) was to promote shopping in our Uptown core. I started #30in30 in 2011. The purpose of the giveaways wasn’t for free stuff (although that was a huge bonus), it was to draw attention to the quality items available for purchase a short drive from our homes.

Brand names, beautiful art, curated items – all from local business owners.

It’s great, right?

With Christmas Eve TOMORROW (AAHHHH!!), I wanted to share with your my very favourite way to chill out during this hectic month.

Picaroons

For the fifth year, Picaroons Traditional Ales has brought back the 12 Beers of Christmas. They started December 12th and for 12 days, Picaroons has tapped a 360 litre batch of a one-time only brew.

It used to be that only Fredericton residents would be in luck – but since Picaroons opened in the car-park on Canterbury Street, Saint Johners don’t need to make the snowy drive up Route 7 for their 1.89 L growler.

Long story short – your next beer will be on me. It won’t be a Christmas Brew – but I wanted to remind you of you last chance to fill up – TODAY – on the 12 Beers of Christmas.

Enter below for a a gift certificate for a Growler and a fill-up** – my absolute favourite way to chill.

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See you next year!

**The Fine Print – you must be 19 years or older and live in the City. This giveaway isn’t sponsored by Picaroons

#30IN30 – DAY #29 – Element5

I can not even believe that Christmas is THIS WEEKEND.

If you’re like me – you might be getting a little stressed … with respect to your holiday preparations… but don’t fret.

(whoops – definitely spent all month buying art and things for myself while visiting #30in30 shops and stores)

Element5 offers an amazing menu of spa services ranging from facials to hair services to makeup application to wraps and scrubs.

I’ve already made my post-Christmas and pre-New Years appointment for a manicure… (and I’m considering adding massage!).

Take a peek at the menu of services offered and let me know in the comments what you’re craving for your post-Christmas relaxation! (and what chakra you might need right about now).

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I have been obsessed with this product since Kathryn told me about it…

chakra1 – grounded, chakra2 – nourished, chakra3 – intention, chakra4 – harmony, chakra5 – expressive, chakra6 – insight, chakra7 – wisdom

Today I think I might need a session with intention … and insight.

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In the meantime, Element5 has offered an amazing giveaway – a 60 minute massage with Andrea!

Enter below & Merry Christmas!

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See you tomorrow!

SPA – 60min Massage with Andrea

#30IN30 – DAY #28 – Yuk Yuks

Over the past two years, Comedy in Saint John has become a staple in our extracurricular activities.

What are you doing this weekend? Probably heading out to a Shane Ogden event, a Mark Burnett event, an Improv show at the theatre company, No Jokes Barred with Jon forward … or any other gig that James Mullinger might be billed to.

Steven Barnes announced earlier this year that Yuk Yuks would be coming to Saint John and opening in the Bustin’s Building off Grannan Lane. Cue the excitement.

The 225 seat venue is opening in the basement level of the Bustin’s Building. It will be accessible off of Grannan Lane and – get this – from both Italian by Night and Five & Dime.

Opening weekend has been announced as January 19th to 21st with non other than headliner James Mullinger!

Tickets are available here and are selling fast!

Of course – Steve has offered two tickets* to the show opening weekend for #30in30 followers. Seems like a sweet VIP experience to me!

*The fine print – the shows are uncensored and 19+ so keep that in mind when entering below!

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See you tomorrow! 2 left!

#30IN30 – DAY #24 – BAUBLES

Visiting Sandy, Joy and her team at Baubles last week was such a treat. I went in for three reasons –

1. I wanted to snap some photographs for #30in30
2. I hate a hot date with my CrossFit ladies and needed a pair of pantyhose; and
3. I needed my annual hookup of the most amazing shortbread cookies I’ve ever had.

As always – I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of jewelry (earrings – necklaces – rings galore) as well as scarves, gloves, mittens, hats and clothing for women.

Take a peek of the photographs below and stop in to finish up your Christmas shopping!

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The Team at Baubles has offered a $50 gift certificate to help you finish up your Christmas shopping! EXCITING!

I can think of a dozen pair of earrings, a blanket scarf or two and a purse I’d like to put that toward!

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #23 – PERFUMES PLUS

In 2014 I posted that the customer service at Perfumes Plus was the reason I would be a customer for life – 2 full years later and Laura and the rest of the team on the 1st level of Brunswick Square continue to be my go to for eyebrows, makeup and manicures. Wait, I mean, my eye brows are naturally this cute. 🙂

In addition to the customer service, I’ll continue to return because of the brands that they carry, the price of their services and the friendliness of their staff.

Perfumes Plus is the only location locally where you can get Chanel products. They have a full roster of items available… cleanser, make-up, perfumes, nail polish and moisturizers.

Here are a few gift ideas, sure to impress the lady (or man!) in your life this Holiday Season:

These brushes are vegan – and according to Laura – work wonderfully.

*note to men who might date me – wear this scent.*

TBH, you could wear any of these scents and I’d be in.

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I’ve posted about this before on my personal blog – but the Chanel Moisturizer is the best way to spend $50. (I think it’s actually a little less than that).

I was raving about it in 2012, and in 2016 I’m still a loyal user. I’m using the same cleanser that I purchased in the fall of 2015. I do have a backup though, mine should run our by January.

Seriously. It’s my favourite.

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I’ve nicknamed today’s giveaway the Barb Special … the team at Perfumes Plus has offered a gift certificate to get your nails done as well as your makeup.

This is actually a thing I order and pay for OFTEN. Nothing makes me feel more confident that Laura’s smooth and straight eye liner and a set of red nails.

Enter below! And make sure to visit this week to snap a photo. Pick up your favourite OPI or Chanel polish and tag us on Instagram.

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #22 – READY MAN

#30in30 Day 21 – Je Suis Prest. Day 22 – Ready Man, Je Suis Prest’s cute brother.

Ready Man is a clothing store for men on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square. It caters to the stylish and trendy guy.

I’ve selected some of my favourite items to show you… check them out below!

Ready Man has a great selection of clothing as well as gift items. Socks, underwear, neck ties, winter hats and accessories, backpacks and travel bags.

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I travel quite a bit for work – and I find that having all of my bathroom items in a small, stylish bag is the very best.

The staff at Ready Man thought you’d like one too – or you’d like to wrap it up and give it as a gift!

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #21 – JE SUIS PREST

As a women who likes to look good (I assume you are also one of these) – or, at the very least – you know a girl that likes to look good, you’re familiar with Je Suis Prest.

Saint John is in such an amazing spot right now with respect to clothing options. I love that, while on the hunt for a perfect black dress, I was able to try on dozen of options within a 4 block radius.

Je Suis Prest is located on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square and caters to ladies for all possible occasions – work, play, parties and casual events.

The gift ideas are plentiful at JSP, take a peek!

The fact that a retailer is carrying Matt & Nat again, was music to my ears. I LOVE this brand. Clean. Classic. Vegan.

 

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See something you like? (You will – I promise)

Write it down in Santa’s book and the Elves from JSP will give your Secret Santa a call on your behalf.

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It’s getting colder (believe me – none of us will every forget “Feels like -43 Degrees” from last Friday.)

Warm up with a scarf from Je Suis Prest! The winner can have their choice of colour and style, from the massive collection in store.

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #20 – in PURSUIT

Christmas is so soon!

I have been running from store to store in the Uptown finishing off my Christmas shopping. As I walk through the uptown – One of my very favourite sights is to look down Prince William Street to see the big pink truck open for business.

In Pursuit just turned 3 – they have become a staple in the uptown core as well as at festivals, farmers markets and events in an around the Saint John area. In Pursuit is also a staple in my closet.

Shopping on the truck is so fun – and last week – COLD. The 18′ GMC is filled to the brim with dresses, blouses, skirts, jewelry, scarves and gifts.

I stopped by, snapped a few photos of my favourite gift items and had Dominique send me a few photographs from her fall clothing.

The number one hottest gift idea from In Pursuit is a YSJ tee (or sweatshirt). Honestly – she has them in ladies and unisex sizing and in so many great colours.
(Black on Black is my favourite). (Pictured above is Brittney Cousins – thanks for letting me steal this from your instagram!)

I have become obsessed with this scent.

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In Pursuit needs to be on your list to finish up your Christmas shopping. You can follow Dominique on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see when she’ll be popping up next. If you’re not able to meet her – the online shop is always open … and bonus … she offers free delivery or pick-up within Saint John!

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Dominique has put together an AMAZING prize for #30in30!

It’s literally a gift for everyone on your Christmas list – OR – something awesome for you to keep for yourself worth $250!

Take a look:

Included:
Hot Sauce Tote
YSJ T-shirt of your choice (women’s OR unisex) screen printed by hand, Saint John NB
Paperfelt Glass Ornament with hearts, handmade in Toronto
Set of 2 “Beer Thirty” beer can glasses from Easy, Tiger
Campy Candle “Smells Like: The Holidays” handmade in Almonte, Ontario
Wall Print “She had a Cocktail in Hand & Confetti in her Hair”
Jaeci Bangle “Absofuckinlutely”
2 packs of Tattly temporary tattoos
“Mega Babe” party balloons by Little Arrow
Beige Blanket Scarf
$25 gift card

Enter below:

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #19 – Pristine

Uptown Saint John is killing it lately. It’s so obvious to see when stores move from the periphery into the Uptown BIA.

Pristine set up shop on King Street (moving from Prince Edward Street) last year and they have been such a welcome addition.

Pristine is a unique clothing and accessories boutique. The vibe of the store clearly comes from Harrison’s love of skateboarding, fashion and music. I was tempted more than once to grab a pair of Fairplay pants and a plaid button up.

I dropped by last week and was floored at the Pristine branding – I’m loving their hats, tees and hoodies. Harrison suggested that since I loved them so much – that’s what their #30in30 prize should be! (check it out below).

BUT FIRST! … Check out the photos I snapped of my visit.

You know what Civilized is – a conversation about elevating cannabis culture. The blog is great. The news stories are really interesting. Their gear (in my favourite colour combo – black & white) is found locally at Pristine.

For Christmas – they have really great gift boxes available. It’s filled with goodies – a tee, a tote bag, a mug and lots of extras.

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The Pristine branding is ON POINT. Resilient by Nature. FIVE 06. Boardwalk & Germain & City Market & King St. & Prince William.

Here’s your chance to have (almost) the whole (current) collection!

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #18 – Piece o’ Cake

I was walking along Prince William Street last week and I stopped dead in my tracks walking by Piece O’ Cake.

Could I go by without buying / eating a gingerbread cupcake? Not likely.

When I stopped in to snap a few photos of their current menu, I believe I left marks on the counter from salivating.

I maintain that cupcakes are a HIT wherever you’re going over the holidays. Show up with a dozen of these bad boys and you will make fast friends.

Take a peek below at their Christmas flavours. Stop in today or in the next week and grab a dozen (or just one)! ENTER BELOW and you could WIN a dozen!

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You can win your choice of any 12 cupcakes courtesy of Sherry and Piece O’ Cake!

This is the perfect giveaway to enter before heading to a Christmas party this weekend…

Enter below…

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See you tomorrow!