November 4th, 2013
The beauty department at Hudson’s Bay downtown has had some work done and at long last, the bandages have come off.
Of all the shiny new additions, our favourite is the Illamasqua space. For anyone who loves saturated colours, luxe formulas and gorgeous packaging – who doesn’t?! – the U.K.-based brand is heaven-sent.
Must-try products include gorgeous matte lipsticks ($24), chip-resistant nail polishes ($17) and the cult classic Skin Base foundation ($42), which comes in an astounding variety of shades to suit any skin tone.
It’s confirmed: She’s a real beauty! —Christine Laroche
585 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montrela, 514-281-4422, www.thebay.com
November 2nd, 2013
Sure getting them down for a nap can be hard, but keeping them asleep in a house that people actually move around in? That sometimes seems impossible.
And no matter how gingerly we try to do it, closing doors seems to cause too much of a ruckus. That's why we're smitten with the ingenious Latchy Catchy, a handy device that slips over any door's latch, making for silent shutting. We love the multitude of patterns and colours (like the mint arrows for a gender-neutral nursery and the Dr. Seuss for older kids) that will discreetly blend in with any style of decor.
And while the kids are counting sheep, you can freely move between rooms. May we suggest the bedroom for an afternoon nap?
$10.67 on VitaminDaily's Etsy.ca page.
November 1st, 2013
Casual. Unfussy. Fresh. Simple.
When it comes to restaurants, these are a few of our favourite things. Ceviches hits every mark.
Just choose a size (from small for $10 to extra-large for $50) and a flavor (think passionfruit, lime, coconut, avocado and more) and let the pros shake up a taste of the tropics. Whether you grab a seat at one of three banquettes or take your order to go, expect an ultra-warm welcome and ultra-delicious meal.
Just keep in mind that the spicy, tangy flavor + crunchy chips combination is highly addictive. —Christine Laroche
152 de Napoléon, Montreal, 514-419-6391, www.ceviches.ca
October 31st, 2013
Trick or treating works for today but for the remaining 364 days, these are our favourite sports for a sweet treat.
Cavities, be damned! —Christine Laroche
October 30th, 2013
Makeup, fashion and champers all under one (giant) roof.
Not too shabby, right? This weekend is the first Weekend de Toute Beauté, a tradeshow for all-things-girly at the Palais des Congrès.
Participants will have access to experiences including a style analysis from Les Effrontés, consultations with leading make-up and hair experts as well as beauty product testing, fashion shows and an a Matt & Nat pop-up shop.
Just add a handful of BFFs and you’re got the perfect day. —Christine Laroche
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, 514-990-1218, https://www.detoutebeaute.ca/
October 29th, 2013
We tend to think that bigger is better, especially when it comes to – ahem! – stores.
Topshop and Topman seem to agree, as they significantly increased their square footage on Québécois soil from a skimpy 6,000 at Hudson’s Bay downtown to a sprawling 22,000 (that’s 12,500 at Carrefour Laval + 9,500 at Galeries d’Anjou).
And proof that the new stores are bigger and better? The slick new boutiques offer everything from a denim bar and beauty finds to personal styling and limited edition collections.
Ready, set, shop. —Christine Laroche
3035 Boul. le Carrefour and 7999 Boul. des Galeries d’Anjou, Montreal, www.thebay.com
October 28th, 2013
With experts donning lab coats and a skeleton mascot named Mr. Bones, Kiehl’s isn’t your average beauty boutique.
And in 160+ years of existence, the NYC-founded apothecary has learned a thing or two about skincare. Case in point? On a visit to the new Dix30 location, we picked up three products that have become our go-to's
1. Ultra Facial Toner ($22.50): Despite our reluctance to add a step to our skincare regimen, anything that makes moisturizer and makeup glide on beautifully is worth it. Trust.
2. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($35): The temperature change left the delicate skin around our eyes dry and irritated, until this little marvel worked its moisturizing magic.
3. Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream ($36): With vitamin C, a sheer tint that comes in three shades and SPF 50, this is (literally) a desert island product.
Consider them a prescription for pretty. —Christine Laroche
6000 Boul. de Rome, Montreal, http://www.kiehls.ca
October 26th, 2013
Halloween is only five days away, the kids have no costumes, and the only thing left in the stores are those unoriginal one-piece outfits that have no character. So we searched the web to find some fun, cool, and original costumes we can make with a minimum of materials and time.
This has got to be the easiest, best Halloween costume we’ve seen in a while. All you need is pins, purple balloons, and a black outfit. Details at Costume Works.
Combine Halloween costume projects with grocery shopping: pick up a laundry basket and use an empty bottle of stain remover spray to fashion this clean little outfit. Scroll down to number 9 on Inventor Spot.
Overalls, spray paint, and white baseball caps make up the bulk of the supplies needed to dress your kid’s into Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi. You can also reminisce by telling them stories about back in the day when people actually played Super Mario Bros. version 1. From Maker Mama.
The cutest of our costume picks, this outfit can be put together with basic baby clothes and a pair of socks. If you are feeling brave, you can make a boombox, too, but we might just try and find an old radio to use an accessory. Find details at Homemade by Jill.
This might be the most complicated of our costume pics, but Martha Stewart always likes to make us work hard when we are crafting. This actually requires a glue gun and a few other supplies you might not be able to find at the local gas station, but we are pretty sure this can easily be thrown together in half a day. Instructions at Martha Stewart.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
October 25th, 2013
Doing the time warp > trick or treating.
At Cinéma Impérial’s presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($17.95; October 31 and November 1-2), we’ll get the best of both worlds: A live cast for killer audience participation and a simultaneous screening of the original movie because, really, it’s not Halloween without Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf.
Just remember: It starts with a jump to the left and a step to the right. —Christine Laroche
1430 Bleury St., Montreal, www.rockyhorrormontreal.com
October 24th, 2013
Business travel has its challenges: red eyes, missed connections, pretzel dinners—and that’s before we even get to the airport.
Since we know Donald Trump is all business (and in anticipation of the 2016 opening of Vancouver’s Trump Tower) we spent a few nights at Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower. Here are 5 things that made our stay:
1. Flying in late on a Sunday night, our presentations for Monday’s meetings were printed (free of charge) and waiting in an envelope upon check in.
2. Our suite was so comfortable and large at 750 square feet, we hosted drinks in the plush grey-and-cream seating area (pictured), complete with European wet bar and Nespresso. In the fanciest suites (we hear) the furnishings come from Fendi.
3. Travelling with workout gear takes up precious space, but the gym arranges for sweats and shoes in your size and loans them free of charge. The infinity saltwater lap pool is highly recommended to wake you up for the day.
4. Lunch at Stock on the 31st floor was one of the most memorable we have had in Toronto’s business district in some time – very fish-forward, with excellent vegetable preparations (but also the classics like steak-frites or prawn caesar for business travel purists). Newly appointed: an in-house Master Sommelier.
5. With a 6 a.m. departure, what a relief to find a clean and warm town car at the ready (discretely arranged by the hotel after learning of my early check out).
We’ll be back!—Sarah Bancroft
Rooms from $595. Trump International Hotel and Tower, 325 Bay St., Toronto, 416-306-5800, www.trumptoronto.com