Four Online Purchases to Make in 2017

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I find the world of online shopping extremely overwhelming, but it's also the best way to find unique small (and online-only) businesses. It's insane to think about how many things we can purchase, and how many cool companies we can support, by simply clicking "add to shopping cart". Whether you're an online shopping addict, or you're just looking for some curated gems, here are my top four online shopping finds! Happy shopping!

Asset Designs' Silkscreen Prints

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Asset Designs is the brainchild of Tessa Battistin, who is currently based in Montreal. Her goal? To disrupt the carbon-copy clothing market with unique designs made the old fashioned way - with silkscreen prints. Tessa makes her own silkscreen print designs, meaning each product is made-to-order and made by hand! Her stunning tote bags and statement t-shirts feature either hand-drawn/hand-printed images or poems. 

I'm wearing my personal favourite, the Montreal Tank, in the photos below; I'm slightly biased after living in Montreal for undergrad but hey, it's also just a really cool print. This tank is truly the statement piece of any outfit, no matter what I wear it with. It can easily be dressed up or down, and it's a GREAT conversation starter. I've probably worn it more times this winter than any tank top I've ever owned, and I think the fact that I'm wearing a tank top in winter at all says a lot about it. 

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You can check out Tessa's Asset Designs website here

Boomf's Personalized Marshmallows

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Boomf is a U.K.-based company and I'm going to confidently proclaim that they have the best edible gifts. These are the coolest things on the planet. I don't even like marshmallows but I ate every single one of them. There is something indescribably divine but also so crazy about being able to personalize a set of giant marshmallows. From my own experience, I can tell you that having a personalized marshmallow is one of those things you don't realize you need until you have one in front of you.

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All you have to do is upload the photos of your choice and complete the order! These make for a really great gift on their own, or as part of a larger "sweet treats" package. Or you can just gift them to yourself like I did. They're fairly priced, and Boomf provides great support in terms of getting the best results with your order. For example they tell you which photos work best for printing on marshmallows (because who on earth would know that?) and they're upfront about the ingredients in all of their products. 

You can order your own set of personalized marshmallows here

A Beautiful Mess' Happy Mail/Messy Box

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If you follow me on Instagram, or have read any of my past blog posts (like my DIY Dry Erase To Do List!), you've probably seen the cute paper products that are featured in the majority of my photos. They are all from A Beautiful Mess' two monthly subscription services, Happy Mail and Messy Box. I paid for a subscription to both of these in April 2015, and I have not regretted it since. 

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The Happy Mail subscription is a variety of original cards for a good mix of occasions (congratulatory, birthdays, friendship-related and blank). As you can see from the photos, these cards are funky, relevant, and nothing short of eye-catching. There's also often an additional gift like a cute notepad or a writing instrument included in the subscription box! So far this subscription has cut down the time I used to waste desperately looking for a last-minute card at Hallmark, and it's actually inspired me to send people cards more often! It's 100% the most practical subscription box out there.

The Messy Box subscription is essentially scrapbooking materials (papers, stickers, tapes, stamps, etc.) and it's thematic depending on the month or season. I LOVE scrapbooking so this subscription is a dream come true. However, I'd definitely recommend choosing a Happy Mail subscription over this one if you're not an avid scrapbooker, or you have no interest in paper products.  

These are the only two monthly subscription boxes that I've stayed subscribed to for over a year. I love that it always feels like Christmas when I get to rip them open and check out all of the stunning scrapbooking materials and hilarious cards, especially because I know I will always want to use everything that arrives each month. 

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You can try out a Happy Mail and/or Messy Box subscription here.

Erin Condren Life Planner

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I mentioned the long-term issues I had with buying planners in my last post, and this is the one that changed the game for me. Two years ago, while I was procrastinating on YouTube, I came across the Erin Condren Life Planner which has gained a notorious following based on the huge sticker and accessory Etsy shops that exist solely to create content to decorate these planners with. This has been the only planner I have consistently used (I carry it EVERYWHERE with me), and that I've grown to love.

They are relatively customizable in terms of general layout, front cover design, and coil colour meaning that the ordering process is half the fun! I personally have chosen to design my own cover for the past two years, uploading photos and organizing them into the square-shaped design outline they provide. 

These planners include monthly calendars, weekly layouts, tons of space for notes and essentially anything you could ever want to organize your time. 

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You can design your own Erin Condren Life Planner here.


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