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 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 23rd, 2013
Mini Mioche's made-in-Canada and largely unisex line has long been our cure for cartoon clothing phobia.
And its collaboration with The Drake General Store and Shared History is an extra shot of cool (without trying to hard). We love the Eye Heart You eye print (how Kenzo!) and Good Luck horseshoe print (sure to inspire tantrum-free behaviour, right?).
Long sleeve dresses ($45), onsies ($34), Tees ($30) and snug pants ($29, pictured) in sizes 0-6 years will keep 'em covered head-to-toe in organic cotton pieces that stand up to wear and tear remarkably well.
Sorry Dora, this closet is full. —Maria Tallarico
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 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