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 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 5th, 2013
With 2014 food predictions in full swing (moonshine, ramen burgers and ice cream sandwiches are ready for their close-up), there's one we are dipping into over the holidays: fondue.
Yes, the '70s (key) party standby is back in style - we picked up this Mauviel M'Cook Fondue Pot, a stylish and stainless steel contraption that includes six forks with identifying colours, from Williams-Sonoma. A low-maintenance way to host a dinner party (the recipes usually require 4-5 ingredients), serve with a few fresh baguettes and bite-size pieces of fruit for skewering.
Top it off with selection of old-school cocktails (Gin Gimlets, Sidecars and Tom Collins) to complete the throwback theme - but leave the disco 8-tracks in the attic.
$257 at Williams-Sonoma.
December 4th, 2013
You knew the inevitable was coming: an invite to an ugly sweater party.
But with the plethora of options, it seems that finding something that is tacky enough to stand out has become increasingly difficult. This year, you can DIY the fug with with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit ($20), which provides a red sweater, felt accessories (think snowflakes and reindeer), glitter glue, jingle bells, pom poms and a sewing kit. Remember, when going for ugly, more is more.
Because if Bridget Jones taught us anything, it's that true love can be found wearing a reindeer jumper.
$20 online at www.spencersonline.com
December 3rd, 2013
Small details make big impacts.
Take party collars, for instance. A hint of embellishment around the neck takes a simple white tee from ubiquitous to unique.
Faux, fox or fire engine red, a detachable fur collar might just be your best friend this holiday season. These ones ($125) from Pink Tartan, made from the softest rabbit fur and available in ebony and snow white, are all luxe.
Wear yours over a cashmere sweater or silk blouse for a decadent detail that no one will miss.
Pink Tartan, 77 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, 416-967-7700, http://pinktartan.com/ca/
December 2nd, 2013
Winter months can be tough: we tend to work longer hours, exercise less and spend most of our time indoors.
All of this can lead to stress and anxiety, and even worse, skin issues. One magical little plant soothes it all: relax with L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($29 at L’Occitane, left); nourish your skin with Weleda’s Lavender Relaxing Body Oil ($21 at Whole Foods, right); refresh with Green Beaver’s Natural Deodorant ($5.99 at Choices); and escape with Urban Spa’s Lavender Sleep Pillow ($13.99 at well.ca).
December 2nd, 2013
If you’ve ever found yourself in the drugstore aisle completely perplexed by the ingredients in face cream, this app is for you. Think Dirty helps us see past the label (because sometimes, “natural” is a bit of a misnomer) and get the real dirt on what’s in our favourite beauty products. Simply scan the barcode (there’s over 12,000 products in their database) and you’ll instantly get a level rating that examines toxicity and allergens. Don’t see your go-to shampoo? Send them the label, and they’ll do the research for you.
Style.com has long been the online authority of all things fashionable. Live streaming of fashion shows, photos from the most fabulous parties in all the land, and detailed trend reports and street style dissection makes this an invaluable sartorial resource.
We never want to miss a big story, but we don’t always have time to scour the web for trending stories. Enter Zite, which invites you cherry pick the topics that pique your interest, and they do the rest. It’s like a carefully curated magazine delivered right to your smartphone.
How long is that layover? And what time does your flight leave? Avoid the mad dash to the airport for with Tripit, a mobile travel assistant that saves all of your arrangements (flight times, car service, hotel reservations, calendar sync) in one place, so you aren’t stressing about missing that 7 a.m. breakfast meeting.
Dining:Best Buy Mobile offers the best choice of phones and networks, informed and impartial advice, and a free upgrade check. You can now find Best Buy Mobile at all Best Buy stores and as standalone stores in malls across the country. Learn more at BestBuyMobile.ca
When it comes to finding the best dishes in the city, no one loves dishing more than chefs. The most celebrate chefs in North America (Mario Batali, David Boulud, Vij, David Hawksworth) pinpoint specific meals at their favourite restaurants, from noodle bars to fine dining Italian, for Chefs Feed. Warning: don’t browse on an empty stomach.
November 30th, 2013
We’re thinking if the kids are dressed in super cute pajamas, we might be that much more excited to wake up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning.
This editor is kind of obsessed with Om Home’s Jasper pajama set in yellow. We love that it is not treated with any chemicals, they are a Toronto company, and you can hand these down to the next child regardless of gender. Sizes 6 months to 10 years, $39 at Om Home.
Danish brand Popupshop does a mini version of adult pajamas complete with button down front and piping. If Mom and Dad can find matching versions, the pictures will be too cute. Sizes 1 to 10 years, $78 from Sweet William.
Another great Vancouver brand, Parade makes super cute printed rompers and this owl motif is one of our favourites. They are made from organic cotton and wash very well (we know from experience) this is a great sleeper for the family member whose going to wake you up at 4 a.m., Christmas morning or not. Sizes 6 to 18 months, $28 at Parade. http://paradebaby.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
November 29th, 2013
Spending quality time in the kitchen we can deal with. Planning a week's worth of meals and groceries is the true challenge.
That's why we're so enamoured with two new services that deliver meal plans and the groceries to go with them straight to our door, leaving us with nothing to do but follow directions. Dinnerit (pictured) has a weekly set menu of four-serving meals, with your choice of medium bag (three meals/12 servings, $99) or large (five meals/20 servings, $139), while Fresh Canteen lets you choose between two or four servings per meal and from two to four meals per week (starting at $60 for two recipes, two servings). Both companies aim to deliver delicious, healthy meals ready in less than 45 minutes.
Just think of what you can do with all the extra time. —Kat Tancock
November 28th, 2013
To paraphrase Nora Ephron, there’s no need to feel bad about your neck (or your face, for that matter).
Using a special machine that analyzes your skin’s dryness, redness, pore size, wrinkles, sun damage and firmness, (ok, ok, stick with us here…) a customized facial is prescribed almost instantaneously all the way from Paris.
The system's founder, Dr. Olivier Courtin, believes age and skin type to be only a part of an individual's unique skin fingerprint.
And now we have a facial that fits like a glove. —Sarah Bancroft
My Blend Facial Treatment, $270, Spa My Blend by Clarins, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 181 Wellington St. W., Toronto, 416-585-2500, www.ritzcarlton.com