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 4th, 2013
Red and green is so last Christmas.
According to our very trusty sources (hint hint: Debbie Travis), the season’s It colour for holiday décor is berry pink. But don’t go mixing this offbeat hue in with your existing collection of ornaments: Here are Debbie’s top tips for a chic holiday tree.
1. Commit to a colour
Random rarely works – especially when it comes to decorating! Pick a colour and stick to it. (If you’re going berry pink, we love these glitter ball ornaments, $3 at Canadian Tire).
2. Choose your aesthetic
Deciding whether you’re in the mood for a modern, traditional or even whimsical look will help determine your accent colour and shape of your ornaments.
3. Layer the look
Start with lights, then add garlands or ribbon, and follow with ornaments (larger ones first, and smaller ones to fill in the gaps). Finish with sprays, tinsel and your tree topper.
Can’t commit to a single scheme? Debbie has the perfect solution: Make several trees!
Isn’t it good to have options? —Christine Laroche
Find the Debbie Travis collection at www.canadiantire.ca
December 3rd, 2013
Isabel Marant x H&M came and went. Up next? Mélissa Nepton x Target.
Quick recap: The Montreal-based designer won the Target Emerging Designer Award at Montreal Fashion Week last February, taking home a $25K grant and the chance to design a collection to be sold at Target stores in Quebec.
Less than a year later – this Sunday, to be precise – we’ll finally get to shop her creations. True to her aesthetic, the collection features plenty of black and white, playful prints and a handful of party-perfect dresses.
And in true Target style, prices top off at $69.99. — Christine Laroche
Tunic is $39.99, www.target.ca
December 2nd, 2013
We love our beauty products as much as the next girl – maybe even a little bit more. #occupationalhazard
But our beauty routine MVP isn’t mousse or mascara, and the truth is slightly less glamorous: We can’t live without our Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush ($184.99 at Pharmaprix). The built-in timer ensures that we brush for a full two minutes and the deep-cleaning action eliminates plaque like nobody’s business.
And because ‘tis the season (for selfies at holiday parties), we’re throwing two other smile-enhancing products into the mix: Crest 3D White Luxe toothpaste and 1-Hour Whitestrips.
Say cheese! —Christine Laroche
3861 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal, 514-844-3550, www.pharmaprix.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.