Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
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 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
November 19th, 2013
Soon enough, our schedule will be packed with cocktail parties, gift-wrapping and cookie-eating.
Translation? Better get those workouts in now while we still can. And because nothing inspires us quite like new gym-going outfits, we’re heading straight to Reitmans.com to get our hands on Hyba, the brand’s all-new athletic line.
Our favourite piece? These fun patterned leggings ($30) because really, nobody needs another pair of black bottoms.
Consider this a sneak peek: The full line debuts in store this January just in time for – you guessed it! – New Year’s resolutions. —Christine Laroche
November 12th, 2013
Our favourite British-retailer has opened in Chinook Centre
The two-level flagship Topshop and Topman store is almost 15,000 square feet and carries all of the trendiest looks straight from the runaways and the streets of London. The store is conveniently arranged by trend so you can decide if you’re feeling British grunge or ladylike chic and if you need help deciding, book a personal shopping appointment and leave it to the pros.
We couldn’t help but gravitate towards the massive shoe section to try on a Chelsea boot, the brand's signature shoe for the season.
A jolly good choice for Calgary’s streets. —Sara Samson
October 29th, 2013
As Canadians ,we are programmed to modestly show off our Canadian pride - and Hudson’s Bay gives us a chic way to do it with their iconic stripes.
What started as a blanket (and cabin staple) has turned into sweaters, kids and baby clothes, housewares and more. The Bay has also teamed up with Pendleton to create a beautiful collection of coats, but we are especially loving the lo-top and hi-top sneakers created through an exclusive partnership with Converse and Jack Purcell.
Oh, Canada. —Sara Samson
October 22nd, 2013
Mount Royal Village just got a whole lot more stylish
The new women’s clothing boutique, Ette carries a collection of day and evening dresses along with couture and bridal couture. From its prime Mount Royal Village location this high-end retailer features dresses and accessories from top international designers like Jason Wu, J. Mendel and L’Wren Scott, while designer bridal collections include Reem Acra, Zac Posen and Matthew Williamson.
Ladies, let the ogling begin. —Sara Samson
800 16 Ave. SW, Calgary, 587-899-6220, www.etteonline.com
October 8th, 2013
With the flats and flip-flops season over, the boot hunt begins
In search of a boot that fit ahtletic calves, we turned to Naturalizer to ease our zipper woes. This mall staple is home to the largest selection of wide-shaft boots, making fall footwear a cinch, without pinching our lower legs.
We fell in love with the Danielle’s ($180) 2.5-inch heel and ruched detailing, while the Freya ($220, pictured) is perfect for getting a grip on icy sidewalks. Finding a boot that fits is enough celebration, but knowing the leather construction will last us through winter is icing on the cake.
These boots were made for walkin’. —Laura Lushington
October 1st, 2013
To safeguard against having the same winter jacket as everyone we know, we’re shopping early.
Our favourite find so far? FIG Clothing’s Metro coat ($460). Think streamlined style (Primaloft minimizes bulk while maximizing heat), sleek look (the asymmetrical zip is perfection) and functional features (wind-and-water resistance, plus an oversized hood).
Come the chilly temperatures, we’ll prove that it’s possible to stay warm, look chick and stand out.
Winter cookie cutter parka syndrome? Not in our closet. —Christine Laroche
930 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-866-1914, www.figclothing.com
September 24th, 2013
Although we have a closet full of super stylish towering heels (and even more since discovering, The September), we often find ourselves grabbing from the pile of practical shoes next to our front door.
The everyday heroes should get as much of an investment as sparkly heels that get worn once a season. Vancouver’s Umeboshi has gone online with a beautifully curated selection of wearable shoes, flats and low heels that will get us to work – even on our bike – in style. We love the Chloe loafer by Grenson ($345) for busy days on our feet, and the Bernice boot by Coclico ($435, pictured) for a day of meetings followed by drinks.
They might not last as long as those sparkly stilettos because you’ll find yourself wearing them every day, but that's OK. It's money well spent and justification for buying a new pair next season. That’s reason enough for us. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 18th, 2013
There is an art to to the tie-dye process, one that Vancouver line Daub + Design does beautifully.
Each piece of fabric undergoes a carefully executed hand-dye technique, producing pretty and sophisticated patterns of which no two are the same. Designs are made in small runs, using only the necessary amount of dye, meaning this line is not only one-of-a-kind but also eco-friendly. Customized pieces are available to order, too, for those pickier with prints.
The Fall/Winter 2013 collection is filled with darker hues, like the brick-coloured Adriana Leggings (from $89) — its nylon and spandex blend wicks away moisture during yoga sessions and transitions neatly into drinks with the girls. Other favourites? Buttery soft VPL-free seamless panties ($18) and silk crepe de chine Bianca Scarves (from $118), the latter perfect for West Coast weather.
In Daub we trust. —May Globus