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
September 17th, 2013
A popular B.C.-based store brings its laid-back, West Coast vibe to Calgary just in time for fall.
Plenty, a women’s clothing and accessory retailer, caters to the 20- and 30-something crowd with a fun, classic style. It has its own selection of six in-house labels (like Big Blue denim and Ribbon) along with international favourites like Free People, Maison Scotch and MINKPINK.
We bee-lined to the accessories wall to ogle the cool boots (Frye) and must have bags (Matt & Nat, Hershel) before checking out the cashmere sweaters and structured jackets that had us looking forward to the cooler days of fall. —Sara Samson
Plenty, Chinook Centre, 403-692-0170, www.getplenty.com
September 16th, 2013
CIFF kicks off in Calgary this week, and while it may not be as star-studded as its Toronto counterpart the films are just as fabulous. Our picks for CIFF must-sees:
The Grand Seduction: CIFF’s opening gala film is a comedic gem set in a sleepy Newfoundland town. The locals are looking to bring a lucrative factory into town but first must lure a doctor in. Hilarity ensues with Canadian film legend Gordon Pinset and Irish heavy-weight Brenda Gleeson leading the way. www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2013/grand-seduction
The Right Kind of Wrong: This comedy tells the story of a man who finally finds the woman of his dreams, on her wedding day. We’ll feel right at home watching it as it was shot in Banff and Canmore and it was co-produced by Calgary’s Nomadic Picture. www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2013/right-kind-wrong
The Last Ocean: It took seven years to get the story of the slow destruction of the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, the most pristine biosphere on Earth, untouched until the harvesting of toothfish began. Director Peter Young has created as fascinating record of the scientific community’s effort to save this vital landscape. www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2013/last-ocean
Parkland: This big-name drama (Marica Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti) is based around the assassination of JFK in the emergency ward of Parkland Memorial Hospital, where JFK was rushed after being shot. http://www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2013/parkland
Young & Beautiful: A French film about a teenager who loses her virginity then chooses the life of prostitution, it’s a little riskier than the rest, but it premiered at Cannes to rave reviews. www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2013/young-beautiful
Calgary International Film Festival, 214 11 Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-283-1490, www.calgaryfilm.com
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 13th, 2013
Briggs Kitchen and Bar has set up shop on the ever growing 10 Ave.
Taking up residence in an old warehouse that received a serious facelift (but kept a hip industrial vibe with a few quirky accessories and a little patio off the side), it's the perfect spot for lazy weekends.
Carnivores will delight in the hearty meat selection prepared in a Spanish-built charcoal oven that gives a nice smoky flavour to hamburgers, lamb, steaks and seafood. We also like the sharing plates with just a touch of East-Coast inspiration with dishes like the lobster poutine and salmon stuffed pretzel.
Weekend brunch is hearty fare, like breakfast perogies topped with bacon, fried onion and an egg.
And what would Sunday be without a mimosa? —Sara Samson
317 10 Ave. S.W., Calgary, 587-350-5015, www.briggskandb.com
September 12th, 2013
Dolly Parton and dive bars: Music City can convert any city girl into a bona fide honky tonk woman.
If you’ve been watching ABC’s Nashville then you might recognize the Hutton Hotel. Frequently featured on the show, this boutique hotel is a luxurious place to rest your head after a busy day breaking in your new cowboy boots. Both eco and dog friendly, the Hutton Hotel is packed with country glam; practice your best Carrie Underwood impression under the rain shower and then dash the 10 minutes down to Broadway for some good time honky-tonk. 1808 West End Ave., Nashville, www.huttonhotel.com
Live life like a country song with a trip out to The Loveless Cafe. It has the down home, Southern cooking you’ve been looking for, complete with a plate full of biscuits and homemade jams to start. Breakfast is served all day in case you were out all night boot stompin’, or gather your friends for a family style meal anytime. While you wait for your table, pop into the Hams & Jams Country Market for a delicious cup of coffee on the house. Now, that’s Southern hospitality. 8400 Tennesse Hwy, Nashville, www.lovelesscafe.com
No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Go beyond the exhibits and buy a museum membership to gain access to the Poets and Prophets and Nashville Cats series, honouring the songwriters and session musicians who have helped create today’s country superstars. These behind-the-scenes looks will give you the inside scoop (and gossip!) on country royalty. But don’t forget to add on a side trip to the RCA Studio B where Dolly Parton first recorded “I Will Always Love You.” Because when it comes to country music, Dolly knows best. 222 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville, http://countrymusichalloffame.org
While major acts roll through Nashville on a daily basis, it’s the up and comers that truly make Nashville a music city. Cause A Scene Music is the place to catch a glimpse of stars on the rise. Check their schedule for house concerts featuring hot new bands and singers. Mingle with them afterward and find out what their song really meant. As a bonus, you’ll get to see some stellar music venues a little off the tourist radar. www.causeascenemusic.com
September 11th, 2013
The annual Beakerhead Festival kicks off in Calgary bringing together arts and engineering.
The five day festival explores the fascinating ways art, science and engineering intersect with a variety of exhibits, celebrations and events. There are lots of great events to catch and we won’t be missing the headline event, The Tremendous & Curious World of Beakerhead (September 13). It brings together Canadian space superstar, Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the international space station, along with Compressorhead, the world’s first robot band from Germany and Lauren Segal, a Toronto-based opera singer with a master’s degree in physics.
Get your nerdy-chic outfits ready. —Sara Samson
September 11 to 15, www.beakerhead.org
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
September 9th, 2013
Another one of our favourite fashion designers has found his way into our beauty worlds.
Marc Jacobs' new beauty line includes everything from polishes and eyeliners to foundation and make-up brushes. He worked closely with Sephora to create this line, right down to the chic, oversized packaging and it captures the youthfulness, confidence and experimentalal spirit of the Marc Jacobs' aesthetic.
Try the LoveMarc lip gel ($36), it’s somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss and it glides on with a hydrating shine that gets a little addicting. —Sara Samson
Available exclusively at Sephora.
September 7th, 2013
Floating through summer in maxi dresses is fine, but come fall, bumps need a bit more support.
Starting with two maternity styles, J.Crew's newly launched collection will grow - just like expecting bellies - throughout the season to include denim and J.Crew'S classic staples.
Both the maternity Minnie Pant ($118) and Pixie Pant ($150) feature the same fit as their original, non-maternity predecessors, plus a waistline that dips at the front. Discreet and comfy elastic hip panels means both styles can be worn up to delivery, and after.
Who wears the pants? Moms, of course. —Laura Cropper
Available at www.jcrew.com