The Favourites – March 2016

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So far, 2016 seems to be going by at an exponential rate, each month faster than the last. At least March brought back a few days of sun and warmth, so I have high hopes for April! Once I get some sunshine on my face, I crave tropical scents and feel more interested in taking care of myself. This feeds into my favourites for March, with some tropical vibes and self-care.

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ShopLocal – Merrickville Shopping

For those of you not in the know, Merrickville is a cute little village about 45 minutes outside Ottawa. It is a picturesque spot found along the Rideau canal, which means it is a really happening place in the summer (aka boating) months. However, even in the bleak winter, there is always something exciting going on. One of my favourite things to do is some weekend shopping along their main drag, St. Lawrence Street. Merrickville boasts a collection of unique shops with something for everyone. The below list is just a few of my most loved places to check in when I am visiting.

Wick Witch Candle Company This shop specializes in 100% soy wax candles with uniquely beautiful scents but they also offer bath and body products that make perfect gifts for friends or yourself. I am a complete convert to their candles, which last for ages and provide the perfect amount of fragrance. Their store is delightful and definitely a must-visit when you are in Merrickville. Their spring/summer line is launching soon and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Check it out on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Etsy

Bullets & Bones Nikki Phillips is the woman behind Bullets and Bones’ “handcrafted jewellery inspired by nature”. Located in the same building as Wick Witch, you need to stop in and see the rustic chic jewellery created by Nikki. She also stocks other local jewellery, and does great collaborations with local artists. If you want to #shoplocal, start here. I have my eye on one of the love knot rings next! Check it out on Facebook / Instagram / Etsy

1890 Just off St. Lawrence Street, you can find 1890, Artisan Gifts and Floral Design. I love me any boutique mixed in with flowers, it makes for a heavenly smelling shopping experience. 1890 has a great selection of amazing handmade items like bath bombs, soaps, candles, bubble bath powder.. the possibilities are endless. If you are looking for a treat for someone special, or some natural bath products for yourself, I highly recommend you give 1890 a visit. I for one will be heading in soon to pick up some bath bombs and air plants! Check it out on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Mrs McGarrigles Hands down one of my favourite stops in Merrickville, Mrs McGarrigles has everything you could ever want. From fine food stuffs to home décor, I can’t ever leave without purchasing something. It is one of the few places in the Ottawa area where you can pick up authentic British chips, chocolates and condiments. Curly Wurly’s for the win! And if you like mustard, Mrs McGarrigles offers an array of handmade flavours that will suit any meal. I love to do my Christmas shopping here and just general treat-yo-self buys are a must. Check it out on Facebook / Twitter

I hope you can make a trek out to Merrickville soon, it is definitely worth the gas money!