Calgary - FASHION & SHOPPING
May 11th, 2010
Welcome to Apt 22, a dimly lit, narrow space that feels like going to your bestie’s pad and rummaging through her walk-in closet.
And the best part is, you don't need an invite to hang out at this hip apartment.
Apt 22, 1312 First St. SW, Calgary, 403-452-5911, www.shopapt22.com
May 4th, 2010
You’ll never be able to repay mom for all she’s done but you can always spoil her. Herewith, Vitamin Daily Calgary’s gift ideas, from steal to splurge.
Customize chocolates with her favourite family photo at Epiphanie Chocolate (from $12).
A pocket-sized, stainless steel flask by Anne Taintor ($29.95) adorned with one of her signature funny lines for when mom needs a sip, or a laugh, because motherhood isn’t always a picnic. At Land and Sea, 120, 317 Seventh Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-264-9866, www.landandseagifts.com
Treat mom to some beautiful bling by jewellery-designer-to-the-stars (and wife of Tobey Maguire) Jennifer Meyer. Her delicate gold necklaces (from $700) are sure to become family heirlooms. At Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
April 29th, 2010
When you’re a bride-to-be, the smallest details can turn into ordeals. Dress shopping aside, if there’s one thing that should be a highlight (besides marrying your man, of course), it’s picking out footwear for the big day.
If we were to do it all over again (marrying the same man, naturally), we’d teeter down the aisle in these Donna Karan Fantasy Evening heels ($995).
I do to that.
Shoe Craze, 107, 908 17th Ave. SW (Devenish Building), Calgary, 403-245-6600.
April 27th, 2010
The coolest phrase a fashionista can mutter is, "It's vintage."
Used House of Vintage's ultra hip staff will help you put together an outfit from head-to-toe or show you how to wear that sequined cape, leather sweater or 1950s dress.
A sister store to Vancouver’s Granville Street location, the boutique brings in retro fashions from the 1920s to the 1990s. The store also has an impressive accessories collection including true vintage, vintage-inspired and modern pieces to complete the look.
Used House of Vintage, 738A 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-228-5407.
April 21st, 2010
Opening today, NC Shoes, the newest addition to the 17th Avenue shopping strip, carries some of the most varied and unique collections in the city.
For some bling, Rockin’ Reptile stilettos, adorned with Austrian crystals, were good enough for Miss World 2008 and are exclusive to NC Shoes. For a cleaner, architecturally inspired shoe, the collection by United Nude (pictured) is swoon-worthy and a sure way to get some serious attention. You’ll also find Chinese Laundry, Sam Edelman and footwear accessories line Dekkori.
NC Shoes, 634A, 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-228–5465, www.ncshoes.ca
April 20th, 2010
Window shopping is dangerous at the best of times, but it’s game over if you pass by the new location of Songkla. The boutique/studio space run by a lovely brother-sister duo has relocated to an airy new space on First Street SW.
Inspired by classic menswear, the women’s spring collection has a masculine feel offset by added details and cuts to flatter a feminine silhouette. Known for their line of uber cool jackets, Mananoshe, the new collection includes water resistant spring parkas, military flight jackets and leather-sleeved varsity jackets. For warmer days there are chambray blazers with matching shorts.
Whoever invented window shopping was just tempting fate anyway.
Songkla, 1314 First St. SW, Calgary, 403-455-2275, www.songkla.ca
April 13th, 2010
The only perk of flying coach is the price, but when it comes to a different kind of Coach, a discount is a blessing.
The highly anticipated newest addition to CrossIron Mills is the Coach Factory Outlet, where you’ll come across sad bags that need to be adopted (that’s how we like to think about it).
See you in line.
Coach Factory Outlet at CrossIron Mills, www.crossironmills.com
April 6th, 2010
The thrill of the hunt just got more exciting with the reopening of Cat's Eye Vintage.
A favourite among stylists, the treasure trove of vintage clothing, retro costumes, accessories and furniture has been resurrected in the old Alberta Boot Company space. The 5,000-square-foot room is packed to the rafters with garments, so be prepared to search. After a thorough rummage, we came across a Wayne Clark dress and a vintage Halston, and couldn’t resist a leather cropped jacket and a 1940s hat.
Cats may have nine lives, but vintage never dies.
Cat’s Eye Vintage, 614 10th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-640-4090
April 1st, 2010
While Lauren Hutton was once asked to fill in the now famous gap between her two front teeth, today, a gap-toothed grin is a commodity.
Model Lara Stone’s sexy pout is always ajar while Vanessa Paradis’s (a.k.a. Mrs. Johnny Depp, pictured) diastema (the dental term) adds to her allure. Refinery29 even called it the “the new must-have accessory.”
If you’re having gap envy, ditch the whitening strips and try the new GapStrips ($59.99 for two-week pack). Like the whitening strips, GapStrips are placed on the top set of your teeth morning and night for 20 minutes and slowly erode the inner part of the two front teeth. The result: the perfect Hutton-like front-tooth gap in just two weeks.
April Fool’s from Vitamin Daily Calgary!
March 30th, 2010
French women don’t get fat, and there’s nothing more chic than a Parisienne pedaling down the street.
Calgary may not have La Seine, but at least we’re closer to the look with Riyoko Urban Bikewear. The Calgary-based collection of hoodies, T-shirts and jackets is all about function meets fashion with adjustable cuffs, zippered pockets, longer torsos for added coverage and hoods that are cut farther back for shoulder checking. The blazer-style cycling jacket (pictured, from $235) is water and wind resistant.
On y va.