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 14th, 2013
Some of us swear we aren’t going to dress our daughters in ruffles and bows and pink. But then they are born, and we are longing to put them in ruffles and bows and pink.
So Vancouver-based Over the Loom is the perfect shopping destination for a special occasion. We’ll dress our girls in pink lace dresses with brooches ($29.50) and floral tulle cardigans ($32.95) for parties, high tea, and weddings. And they’ve not forgotten our little boys, who will be mini gentleman in this grey pinstripe two piece waistcoat romper ($24.)
These are also the kind of outfits that inspire us to get the whole family dressed for a portrait, and if we can’t get them to sit still, the pink tulle will look lovely blurred. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 10th, 2013
We squealed with delight when we learned BaubleBar, an online jewellery retailer founded by two twenty-something New Yorkers, was finally shipping to Canada.
The site is stocked weekly with the latest trends in statement necklaces, stacked cuff, drop earrings and oversized rings to keep every body part adorned, while the Guest Bartender section has exclusive collections with celebs and fashion and beauty types.
Prepare to see a lot more of your postie. —Sara Samson
August 19th, 2013
For (too many) years, a postal code meant that ordering organic beauty products online was a futile mission.
At long last, many of our favourites are now available online and north of the 49th. When looking for natural skincare, browse no further than the Health Hut, with scrubs, creams, oils and masks that are eco-friendly and free from chemicals and preservatives.
We're utterly devoted to Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Essence toner ($72) and for a reliable sunscreen sans chalky residue, Consonant is a winner. A high quality oil such as Kahina Argan oil ($82, pictured) can be massaged into skin for even tone and added moisture.
Every girl should know about this non-toxic beauty boutique. Pass it on. —Athena Tsavliris
July 30th, 2013
Hunting down vintage pieces requires endless scouring, but one of Canada’s favourite designers has done all the heavy lifting for us
We’ve been spending our spare time perusing the amazing wares on Charlie Ford Vintage, designer and one-time Bachelorette star Jillian Harris’ newest venture. The online store sources one-of-a-kind items from all over the world and the best part is, they are delivered directly to your door.
We are fawning over the beautiful jewellery, carefully selected home accents, quirky art and mid-century furniture. Add a little old world charm to your life with the circa 1920 Italian Vanity ($1850), Austrian Brooch ($27) or the Royal Typewriter ($200).
Now all we need is a bigger apartment. —Sara Samson
March 15th, 2013
Zara.com's Canadian launch sure had the bloggers buzzing, but what got us chirping was the cool kids selection.
With spring just around the corner (and last year's tops showing a bit too much belly), we're determined to ease the morning tutu struggle with pieces that look look as good on a 3-year-old as they would on her mother.
Stocked with a wearable selection of on-trend but not-too-precious clothes, this Vertical Stripe Dress ($45.90) and the navy Bermuda shorts ($35.90) are the perfect touch of Gallic for our 7-year-old, while the 3-year-old will be splish-splashing around in this striped suit ($17.90) that just screams "French Riviera!"
Ordering was easy, delivery was fast and free - now if only registering for pre-school were so easy….
February 8th, 2013
While we didn't spend winter on Bondi Beach, we've found some Aussie sunshine.
We're loving loving the vibe happening over at the Australian-based Gorman Shop. Stocked with stripes, patterns and organic fabrics that dreams are made of, we settled on the chunky Carmen Heel ($260) that will look great paired with everything as we transition into spring.
Fashion forward all the way. —Kait Kucy
November 14th, 2012
If there is one thing our editors know, it's online shopping. Herewith, our favourite places to browse on the world wide web.
Whenever I'm in New York (which is sadly not that often), my first shopping stop is Maryam Nassir Zadeh, the cool girl's Lower East Side secret. Thankfully, they keep their online store fully stocked with hard-to-find pieces. I'm currently coveting Carven's sweet little Foal Bag ($660). www.mnzstore.com —Anya Georgijevic, Beauty Editor
"Earthquake kit” has been on my to-do list forever, but recent natural disasters were all the motivation I needed. Instead of trawling hardware stores for supplies, I bought my car and home 72-hour emergency kits off Beesafe.ca. Expect a four week wait for orders: New York, New Jersey, and Guatemala are getting first dibs.(Editor’s Tip: Add a toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer, toilet paper, diapers, bleach (for disinfecting water), money, and vodka to personalize your kit.) www.beesafe.ca —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, Fashion Editor
When I need a bit of inspiration and my credit card is burning a hole in my purse, my one-stop online shop destination is Leif Shop. Overflowing with an abundance of beautifully designed accessories for the home and you, Leif is known for their stunning curation of colourful and on-trend items. I am obsessing over Striped Taper Candles ($24, pictured) for my New Years Eve party. http://www.leifshop.com —Kait Kucy, Calgary Editor
The drawers on my Fifties writing desk are stuffed full of beautiful papers, cards, ribbons and tapes. I’m a paper geek. Just look at the wrapping paper, notes and gift tags over at Happy Home – it’s pure whimsy. http://happyhome.bigcartel.com —Athena Tsavliris, Toronto Editor
My latest purchases all come from Toronto’s eLuxe.ca. Free shipping on orders over $25, free returns (!), labels ranging from Splendid to Smythe, stylists on hand for live chat styling sessions… its URL might as well be heaven.ca. www.eLuxe.ca —Christine Laroche, Montreal, Editor
October 22nd, 2012
South Godfrey, the designer behind the now-Toronto based Lilly Lab Sportswear (previously stationed on a mountain in Banff) is all about creating functional activewear with a feminine, fashion-forward spin.
This skateboarder gal’s entire collection is handmade, hand-dyed or painted making each piece truly one-of-a-kind and wearable. While the wildly painted splatter tees would be great with a pair of skinny jeans, we couldn’t resist the Pink Heart Cardi ($199) that would double as a lighter coat for mild days. And made with 100 per cent pure Canadian wool, we know we’ll be looking good and cozy. —Kait Kucy
Lilly Lab Sportswear, http://lillylab.com
October 5th, 2012
Our favourite kid's craft workshop, Vancouver's Collage Collage, has just opened an online store filled with books, art supplies, craft kits, and toys.
So when you aren't feeling creative about ways to entertain the kids, search the site and leave the creativity to them. Find kits to make dream catchers ($18), sock puppets ($12), or nesting dolls ($35, pictured), this is the perfect site to bookmark for rainy day projects, gifts for friends' kids, and party activities. There's also a great selection of paints, crayons, sticker books, and aprons (a must-have).
Now, if only someone would teach our kids how to use all this stuff. Oh wait, they do. Collage Collage offers a wide selection of children's arts and crafts courses in Vancouver. Soon our budding doctors and lawyers will also be mini Monets and Manets. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Collage Collage online store, www.shop.collagecollage.ca