December 7th, 2013
You’d go to the moon and back for your little one.
But would you fly to Barcelona every time she needs a new pair of leggings? Didn’t think so. A quick trip to Leuie will spare you the jetlag. Filled with European-made wares for babes of all sizes, the online boutique turned pop-up shop is now a permanent destination just off South Granville. We love the mod-style dresses for girls, the VW-printed button-ups for boys, and the dreamy mobiles for both.
In fact, you might say we’re over the moon. —Kelsey Dundon
1513 W. 8th Avenue (at South Granville), Vancouver and online at www.leuie.com
December 5th, 2013
The only thing that feels better than giving a great gift is knowing that proceeds from the purchase are helping others, too. Herewith a selection of gifts (all under $40) that will make you the hero of the gift exchange.
A designer mug? Yes, please! This collaboration between Keurig and Pink Tartan’s Kimberley Newport-Mimran ($19.99) is as chic as can be and all profits go to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. At Keurig.ca
The rich cocoa butter formula deeply moisturizes and 100% of the purchase price of Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion ($22.95) goes to support charities around the world. Hello, perfect stocking stuffer! At Lush.ca
We’re pretty much obsessed with mercury glass, so we’re buying Pottery Barn’s Candle Pot ($29.50) and Votive Set ($19.50) in multiples. Hey – we’ve been good. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to children’s hospital charities. At PotteryBarn.com
Almost everyone has a need for a reusable water bottle – but not many help to build wells. This 500ml glass water bottle ($29) from Obakki features a silicone sleeve and 100 per cent of proceeds go to drill water wells in South Sudan. Drink up! At Obakki.com
You've been wearing your heart on your sleeve with Cause We Care bracelets. Now the Vancouver charity has teamed up with La Notte to create this limited edition T-shirt ($35) benefiting local families in need. Now you can wear your heart on your… heart. At Aritzia.com
Tradeworks employs women at risk in their Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Workshop and trains them in life, employment, and carpentry skills. These refillable maple wood pens ($40) are made from reclaimed Canadian hardwoods and include engraving at no extra cost. Give this to someone who can write a story as meaningful as the one behind the pen. At Tradeworks.com
December 5th, 2013
It's never too cold for a little gelato.
Fiasco Gelato's delicious seasonal offerings include Frozen Hot Chocolate (our favourite!), Classic Eggnog, Holiday Gingersnaps and for the dairy-free, Cranberry Orange sorbetto.
We also love the variety of gift boxes filled with gelato, accessories or hot chocolate. The Drinking Chocolate Gift Box ($25, pictured), with a new and improved hot chocolate recipe, homemade marshmallows and Fiasco Gelato mug, would make the perfect Secret Santa or hostess gift.
And a little holiday treat for yourself. —Sara Samson
Fiasco Gelato, A20 416 Meridian Rd, SE, Calgary, 403-452-3150, www.fiascogelato.ca
December 4th, 2013
From classic to unconvential, a night at the theatre is sure to put you in teh holiday spirit.
Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker: If you’re going to drag your man to one ballet this year let it be this one. You’ll be transported to 19th century Russia for the magical holiday tale featuring stunning sets, whimsical costumes and of course, memorizing dancing. December 19 to 24 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. NW, Calgary, www.albertaballet.com
Theatre Calgary’s A Christmas Carol: This has been a Christmas tradition in Calgary for the past 27 years. Charles Dickens’ most famous tale is brought to life on Theatre Calgary’s stage and this year marks the 20th year of Stephen Hair playing Ebenezer Scrooge. November 28 to December 24 at Theatre Calgary, 205 8 Ave. SE, Calgary, www.theatrecalgary.com
Lunchbox Theatre’s The After Party: This is an unconventional holiday story about a cleaning lady and IT guy making a connection late at night after the office Christmas Party. It’s a heartwarming tale that explores the magic and madness of the holiday season. November 25 to December 21 at Lunchbox Theatre, 160 115 9 Ave SE, Calgary, www.lunchboxtheatre.com
December 3rd, 2013
Finding the perfect dress for all your holiday commitments can be the toughest part of the season.
That’s why we love the Black Collection from Asos; every year the British etailer puts together a party-read capsule collection.
With 12 dresses with metallic, sequin and jewel embellishments in mini to maxi length, the hardest part will be choosing just one. We particularly love this Embellished Jacquard Dress ($231) with a luxe, textured fabric, stone embellishment and beautiful burgundy colour that says"festive" without looking like a Christmas tree ornament.
Bring on the mistletoe. —Sara Samson