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    Father's Day Gift Ideas

    Father's Day Gift Ideas

    With Father’s Day coming up, it’s time to show your dad (or dads) some Father’s Day love by treating them to some extra special gifts and activities! A great dad deserves a great present, but sometimes dads can be hard to shop for. They are picky, and if they see something they like, they usually buy it themselves. So what do you get your dad for Father’s Day? Well have no fear, the master list of gift ideas for Dad is right here! We are going to share with you some of our top picks for gifts for Dad this year and some bonus activities you can do with him this Father’s Day!

    For the Clean Shaven Dad:

    For the dads out there who love a clean shave and deserve an indulgent little morning routine, Harry's Winston Shave set is the perfect solution for Father’s Day! Not only is it practical, but with the option to engrave the kit and personalize it makes it extremely thoughtful as well! Lots of men are still using disposable razors, so why not treat your dad to some nice new tools?

     

    For the Tech Savvy dad:

    Smart Speakers are all the rage now, so why not treat your dad to an Amazon Echo, or the echo dot? Not only can he use it to tell him the weather, give him news and sports updates and play music, but he can also use it as his office companion to talk to while he misses you at work! Smart speakers or any other speakers are a great functional gift for those tech dads.


    For the traveling dad:

    If you have a dad that travels a lot for work, he probably is constantly on the go, shoving things into his bags last minute and lugging his suitcase around. Why not treat dad this year to an amazing new duffle bag that is not only high quality but cruelty-free and ethically made? The Preston Duffle bag from Eve Cork is an excellent way to show your dad some love and have him think of you while he’s on his trips. 

     

    For the professional dad:

    In addition to a cork duffle bag or cork messenger, all dad's a good quality belt don’t they? So why not give him the gift of a beautifully ethically sourced vegan belt? Truth belts is an amazing company that offers an amazing array of belts that are great for the planet and your dad’s pants.


    For the spicy dad:

    Why deprive dad of making his very own hot sauce? That’s right, the uncommon goods Make your own Hot sauce kit is an amazing gift for dads who just can’t get enough heat!

     

    For the over-caffeinated dads 

    Is coffee running through your dad’s veins? If so, why not treat him to a beautiful stainless steel French press from Williams Sonoma this year. Whether he sees coffee as a necessity or a luxury, this French press will definitely amp up his morning coffee game. For a more affordable option, try this one!

    For the Boozy-beer-drinkin’ dad

    Why not a beer making kit? While beer can also make a great gift, why not have him make his own beer and enjoy the process of creating his own specialty beer? Not only is it a fun experience for him, but you can join in on the fun and bond with your dad while making the beer together!


    For the caffeinated and boozy dad:

    Why not combine both your dad’s love for booze and coffee with some bourbon infused coffee? Not only is it a uniques gift, but its definitely something he would never think of buying for himself. It’s the coffee he never knew he needed, but once he has it, he will love it.

     

    For the dad you can never figure out:

    You can never have too many socks…right? I have been telling myself that every year for the last 15 years, as I get my dad socks for every holiday and occasion because he is so hard to shop for! So why not get him another set of some fun patterned socks? This gift set by Happy Socks is the perfect Father’s Day set for you dad!

    For the cheesy sentimental dad:

    Most of us have some cheesy lovey dads who love personalized silly gifts for father’s day, so let’s feed into their love for your love and get dad a personalized coupon book for father’s day? You could always make the coupons yourself, but this Etsy seller creates custom coupon books for dad that look a lot more refined at an affordable price! Gift dad with the choice of a free lawn manicure, dinner made by you, a nap on the couch, you name it, it can be done!

    Now that you have some great gift ideas, you have to have some great activities planned for dad!

    • Take him on an outdoor adventure. Whether its a long hike, a bike ride, or some white water rafting, dad will love to spend time with you while doing some awesome activities!
    • Take him on a picnic. Dad’s love when their kids put thoughtful activities together, and a picnic is the perfect way to get outside and celebrate dad with some delicious sandwiches and snacks, without breaking the bank!
    • Take him golfing. Most dads love golf, don’t they? If yours does, take him for a game of golf and enjoy the day in the sun on the course!
    • Take him to dinner. Original right? Well he will still love celebrating himself out at dinner, bonus points if it’s his favourite restaurant!
    • Take him to the movies. If there’s a movie out your dad has been dying to see, take him to see it and spend the afternoon or evening in the theatre sharing popcorn, candy and enjoying a good flick.

    The possibilities are endless this year for Father’s day so get creative, get inspired, and show your dad how much you love him! Let us know what you did this Father’s day and tag us on instagram if you get any of our suggested products on the list!

    Top 7 Travel Accounts on Instagram

    Top 7 Travel Accounts on Instagram

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    We have all been there. Scrolling through Instagram contemplating packing up your life and jet-setting across the world. As most of us don’t have that ability at the moment (damn responsibilities!), we have to settle for our fix of wanderlust in others ways. Instagram is a great start! These 7 Instagram accounts will have you visually captivated and (spoiler alert) might convince you to drop everything for a life abroad.

    1. Jeff Duke - @jeffduke_ | www.dukeslens.com

    Jeff Duke - Lifestyle Over Luxury

    For the last six years, Jeff has traveled Central America, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, and North America where he found his true passion for photography after ditching business school and selling everything he had. This lead Jeff to create a socially conscious clothing brand called Lifestyle Over Luxury - making socially and eco-conscious apparel for the modern adventurer. The best part? For every item sold by L/L an entire garbage bag of plastic is cleaned up off beaches and prevented from entering our oceans! 

    Eve Cork - Preston Duffle Bag - Lifestyle Over Luxury

    Lifestyle Over Luxury - Eve Cork - Preston Duffle
    2. Sabina - @girlvsglobe | www.girlvsglobe.com

    Sabina is a photographer/blogger with a passion for responsible travel, fashion, and food. Visiting many countries around the world (Austria, China, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Morocco to name a few), Sabina has an amazing eye for the moment. She captures incredible experiences during her travels and has an amazing storytelling ability to provide her followers with the right context. Seriously, check out these photos! 

    3. Clint Johnston - @triphackr | www.triphackr.com 

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    Clint has visited over 105 countries (and counting) in just over a decade of traveling with one goal in mind - to show his followers how to Upgrade Your Adventure. He does this by “travel hacking” - getting the most out of your travel experiences, using travel hacks, and finding the best resources available to book a great trip. These hacks have enabled Clint to experience the world, and we are damn happy he can share that with us on Instagram. 

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    4.  Jake Graham - @jakegrahamphoto | www.jakegrahamphotography.ca

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    Jake is a photographer from Toronto, Canada who seriously knows how to capture a moment. Scrolling through his account you will discover National Geographic-level photography with his own personal twist (in some photos, Jake can be found rocking a red jacket to reveal the sheer scale of the shot). His photography is primarily landscapes, the night sky, and his many travel adventures.

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    5. Sailing La Vagabonde - @elayna__c | www.sailing-lavagabonde.com

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    Riley and Elayna are an Australian couple traveling the world by sail, despite having no sailing experience when they first began. They document their daily encounters on their Youtube Channel and curate the best photos from their adventures on Instagram. If you’re looking for an outlet to experience the great open seas without leaving your comfy couch, you need to check out their pages! Expect crazy storms, encounters with real life pirates, equipment failures, and most importantly amazing photos of the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean.

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    6. Stephanie Steinman - @lepostcard | www.lepostcard.com 

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    Stephanie's photos are an inspiration for those who love a good beach hangout - palm trees, margaritas and hammocks fill her feed with amazing colors and destinations. When she's not flying around the world searching for the best beaches, hotels, restaurants and hangouts, this travel journalist can be found in her native Los Angeles. It's easy to see why Stephanie has chosen the @lepostcard handle, as her adventures and photography are unbelievably picturesque - straight out of a postcard.

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     7. Oneika The Traveller - @oneikatraveller | www.oneikathetraveller.com 
    Best Travel Instagram Accounts - Eve Cork Handbags Oneika is an experienced globe-trotter having been to 95 countries and counting, documenting her experiences on TV, YouTube, her blog, and most importantly sharing her breathtaking photos with us on Instagram. Her intense passion for travel, culture, and language is amplified through her commitment to demystify issues surrounding diversity and travel for oft-marginalized groups.

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    5 Toronto Coffee Shops For The Weekend Explorer

    5 Toronto Coffee Shops For The Weekend Explorer

    We take coffee shops and backpacks pretttty seriously, so this was a post we were pretty excited to write. 

    If you've been following us on Instagram, you may have heard the news that we've recently expanded our line to include *drumroll*... backpacks!

    Genesis Backpack featured above.

    We are thrilled about our new lineup and we are designing a few more new styles to launch later this year. (These are limited quantity- so definitely get them before they're gone!)

    Your backpack is like your right hand man. Home to your laptop, charger (when you remember to throw it in your bag).. pens, wallet, the book you're currently devouring.. It's kind of like your best friend. It's also kind of like a significant other based on the amount of coffee dates you have together. 

    Montana Backpack featured above.

    We know there's a lot of Eve Community members who live in Toronto, and this post is for you! Our vibrant city has so much to offer in the form of art, music, culture, community, and most importantly...coffee. ;).

    For all you Urban Explorers, grab your Eve backpack, pack up your camera and head out on a day-date to drink great coffee and see our great city. Here's 5 of our favourites. 

     

    1: Baddies Coffee

    Espresso drinks & creative brunch fare served in a chill cafe with whitewashed exposed-brick walls. 

     

    2: Tucana Coffee

    A small boutique espresso bar on Dundas that packs a lot of punch. 

     

    3. Boxcar Social

    Enjoy a curated, rotating list of coffees from the best roasters in the world.

     

    4: Maman Toronto 

    A charming cafe and bakery channeling Southern France. 

     

    5: Jimmy's Coffee

    A snug espresso bar for espresso drinks, and of course- pastries. 

     

    Have a favourite coffee shop in the city? Comment below! Stay tuned for our new backpack designs launching this Spring. 

    Face the Foliage

    Face the Foliage

    “Artists from all over the world tried to make their art and eke out of a living in this part of Paris. This convergence gave rise to a kind of vagabond lifestyle where the pursuit of wealth and other traditional indicators of success were abandoned in favour of a creative life and an active engagement in the search for alternative ideals of beauty.

    This search for alternative lifestyles and aesthetics continues today- especially in response to a corporate cubicle culture that can sap the creative spirit out of anybody. Today’s bohemians seek to erase the distinctions between work and play, and our living spaces reflect that lack of boundaries. The new bohemian home is a multifunctional playground for exploration and experimentation: It is an office, an art gallery, a showroom, a daycare, a photo and music studio, even a pop-up restaurant, or all of these. Our new bohemian lifestyle is rooted in freedom: free-spirited, free form, and free of rules.

    We chase free wi-fi. We blog from Brooklyn laundromats, and we check our email barefoot in Tulum. We are vintage hounds. We are resourceful and profoundly creative."

     

    -Excerpt from The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney.

     

    If there was one book we bought last year that we would recommend to all of our friends, it was hands down The New Bohemians. Justina’s book tours 20 incredible homes, shares tips and ideas for your own space- and, our favourite: includes a plant growing guide.

    We love Justina for many reasons like her fun loving free spirit and her eclectic and vintage style. We also love, Face the Foliage. #FacetheFoliage is a communal hashtag that Justina started where she encourages people to create portraits made from leaves and flowers. It’s therapeutic and very fun. (We can attest, we’ve tried it!)

    So if you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend- treat yourself to a bouquet at the beginning of the week, and then zen out next weekend with a little creative art project.

    Take a peek at the gallery below of other people’s masterpieces.

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    Looking for more botanical inspiration? Be sure to follow along on Pinterest! Thanks for reading! If you make your own flower portrait, be sure to tag us @eve.cork so we can see!

     

    The Five Minute Journal

    The Five Minute Journal

    Happy New Year Eve Community!

    We love to recommend great companies and products that we think are considerate of our planet, but also great for overall wellbeing. When we came across the 5-Minute Journal, we just had to share. With New Year’s Resolutions in full force, often we can find ourselves overwhelmed with TO-DO lists. For lots of us, New Years Resolutions can get us pumped up and ready to start, but we can sometimes burn out much quicker than we had intended.

    That is where the Five Minute Journal comes in and helps you set the foundation for each day. First and foremost, who doesn’t want to lead a happy life? And secondly, who doesn’t have an extra five minutes in their day? (For all of you busy bees, we can bet that if we were to audit your time in a day, there is definitely at least 5 minutes you can put towards self development.. Ah em.. *mindless Instagram scrolling*)

    The Five Minute Journal is the simplest, most effective thing you can do every day to be happier.. And it literally takes five minutes.

    When was the last time you sat and thought about everything you were grateful for? When was the last time you spoke aloud, a daily affirmation about who you are and what you stand for?

    The purpose of the 5 Minute Journal is to start, and end your day with positive thinking. It’s been proven over and over that shifting your focus to the positive can dramatically improve your overall happiness.

    The Five Minute Journal is laid out like so:

    You write twice per day.. Once in the morning, and once at night.

    In the morning you share:

    3 things you are grateful for. Examples of this could be.. Your warm bed. The fact that you woke up a little earlier than usual. Maybe its your pup snuggling in bed next to you.

    3 things that would make today GREAT! These could be things you have planned to do like, head to bed before 10PM. Call your Mom. Go for a walk.

    And the last section is your Daily Affirmation. This is where you tell the world out loud, what you are!

    “I am confident, comfortable in my own skin, and I live with passion and purpose”.

    At night, you share 3 Amazing things that happened to you. And two ways you could have made today even better.

    There’s also inspiring quotes to guide your day, and weekly chanllenged sprinkled in each week (Like call someone who you’ve been out of touch with).

    Simple as that! In about 5 Minutes per day you can establish a positive pattern of thinking and acting when it really mattes. Using these time frames allows for minimal effort and a wild reward otherwise known as think hard, work smart.

    Above that, this short, easy to write journal will also provide you with a fantastic bite-size overview of your days, weeks, months and years. We totally recommend this incredible book! Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? What do you think about practicing gratitude?

    You can learn more about the Five Minute Journal here. 

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