November 2nd, 2011
We Canadians are a quirky and creative bunch when it comes to dealing with the cold weather. Our winter ingenuity is probably best summed up by the ice scraper mitten.
To be fair, the giant thumb-less mitten with a plastic blade sticking out one end does look a little kooky, particularly if like me you purchase one in a bold plaid pattern. But, its genius is in its practicality.
Slip your hand in one end of the goose down pocket and grab the handle of the scraper letting you scrape away while keeping your hand toasty warm.
The driver without frostbitten fingers gets the last laugh. —Jaelyn Molyneux
$19.95 at Eddie Bauer, Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Tr. N.W., Calgary, 403-247-6373, www.eddiebauer.com
November 16th, 2009
There’s no shame in admitting you’ve had wolves and immortals on your mind this month.
And coincidentally, so has Bath and Bodyworks, adding a new fragrance to its signature collection called Twilight Woods. Although not officially connected to the vampire saga, the line is inspired by a “romantic walk in the woods.” (Perhaps near Forks, Washington?)
But even sans Bella and Edward, this blend of apricot nectar, mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress stands on its own as a lovely and soothing scent for cool winter nights and the limited edition roll-on ($9) is ideal for refreshing dab-ons.
Just steer clear of the neck area, perhaps.
Bath and Bodyworks, Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, 403-247-6169 and Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, www.bathandbodyworks.com
July 6th, 2009
The days of buying our favourite lip gloss in bulk are finally over. Bath & Body Works has arrived in Calgary.
The nearly 3,400-square-foot Chinook Mall space opened yesterday; Market Mall’s store opens July 12. No more begging traveling GFs to bring back the sweet-smelling Japanese Cherry Blossom body cream ($12) or the minty goodness of C.O. Bigelow mentha lip shine ($7.50), adored by every woman we know.
This summer, watch for more highly addictive products such as the Fragrant Waters, sparkling versions of the signature fragrances ($24.50), and the True Blue Morocco collection’s rose petal and orange flower shower gel ($17.50).
We’ll be transported far and away after all.
February 6th, 2009
Spending one youthful summer in Quebec City meant eating crêpes at every possible meal.
It always went down the same way: first, a savoury crepe filled with ingredients such as mushrooms, cheese and ham followed by a sweet one with strawberries and whipped cream.
Although far from the charming cobble streets of Old Quebec, Crêpe Works brought us back to those carefree days.
With over half a dozen savoury crepes and over a dozen sweet crepes to choose from, food court eating never looked so good.
Crêpes Works, Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, www.crepeworks.com