Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
May 3rd, 2011
There’s almost no one we love more than our mommy, but when it comes to buying her a Mother’s Day gift, we’re often at a loss for how to show our appreciation. Here are five gifts that she’ll surely love.
We love this beautiful cross-body Messenger ($580) from Buenos Aires based luxury leather line, Peter Kent, to add a punch of bright sorbet colour to her summer outfits. At JoshuaDAVID, 4926 Sherbrooke St. W., Westmount, 514-788-4436, www.peterkentcanada.com
She’s a little bundle of energy and so is the Nespresso Pixie ($269), which is smaller, faster and more energy-efficient than previous models. And so cute. Just like mom. Nespresso Boutique, 2045 Crescent St., Montreal, 1-800-562-1465, www.nespresso.com
It might be risky to buy mom a classic wrap dress, but we can still pick her up some DVF with these Auro Shadows plates (26.99 – 79.99) from Diane von Furstenberg’s new home fashion line at The Bay. The Bay, 585 ST. Catherine St. West, Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com
If your mom is the carnivore type, wrap up these summery steak knives ($8 each) by Victorinox Swiss Army so she can slice her sirloin in style. At Doyon Cuisine, 8505, Quartier Brossard Blvd., Montreal, 450-462-5555, www.swissarmy.com
You’ve offered up enough stress, so now give her the gift of soothing calm scents with a lavender plant for her indoor or outdoor garden from Quebec-based Bleu Lavende ($9.95 with purchase of $40 or more). Bleu Lavande, 705 Ste.Catherine W., Montreal, 514-284-3624, www.bleulavande.ca
We love you, mom! —JN
May 2nd, 2011
Now we can find a few key items from by Thomas and other progressive designers at the new online Trusst boutique. We have to admit that some of the items were a bit out of our world, but we loved the printed tank by Hartmann Nordenholz, the shredded knitwear by Nibelungen and even contemplated the padded Lady Gaga-esque bodysuits by Vilsbøl de Arce.
We’re nothing if not progressive shoppers.
April 25th, 2011
They say Kate Middleton (soon to be Princess Catherine) is fascinated by fascinators. And with just a couple of days to go until the Royal Wedding, we are too.
We may not be a bride-to-be, but we love the new wedding collection by Montreal jewellery designer, Noémiah. We fell for the beautifully bold statement of the bridal leaves and feathers crown ($95), but also felt our inner Brit-buff leaning toward this '20s-inspired mini hat ($115). The lace and feather hairband ($145) is a sweet feathered crown for a real-life princess, but for those who want to keep their bridal boudoir a little more subtle, this feather garter ($75)will certainly impress your prince after he’s carried you to the castle.
Remember: The wave goes elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist. —JN
April 19th, 2011
Our eco-mindedness only seems to take us as far as our closet.
Not so with H&M’s Conscious Collection, which offers items made from ecologically-minded materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, TENCEL and recycled polyester. We loved the organic cotton maxi-skirt with daisy cut-outs ($24.95) and the sexy scalloped mini-dress ($59.95) made from recycled polyester. And even though we eschew the hippie vibe, we couldn’t help but fall for the organic cotton peasant blouse ($24.95). To wear with our military-green cargo jeggings, of course.
Now that’s what we call eco-chic! —JN
H&M, 1100 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-788-4590, www.hm.com/ca
April 12th, 2011
We’re running in the ScotiaBank Half Marathon this Sunday (actually just the 5k). While we may not be particularly “good at running,” we certainly make up for it by looking the part.
A good sports bra is a busty runner’s best friend. Keep curves under control and looking cute in this tie-dyed, blinged out Liz bra by Body Rock Sport (US$42). Delivers to Canada, www.bodyrocksport.com
Run like you’re on a runway with Stella McCartney for adidas’ burn out tank ($49.99).
Determine the best fit for your foot with the experts at The Running Room, where you can find tons of cute styles like the Adidas adiZERO Tempo 4 ($139.99). The Running Room, 5044 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-274-5888, www.runningroom.com
Breathability for your ladybits is key, especially when it comes to long distances, so try Icebreaker’s ¾ length Rush running tight ($109.99) made from New Zealand Merino wool. Icebreaker, 1515 Ste. Catherine St. E., Montreal, 514-315-3841, www.icebreaker.com
We love the slightly longer length of this Arc’Teryx Solita running jacket ($150) for colder weather, or days when you don’t want everyone staring at your bum while you run. Arc’Teryx, 1515 Ste. Catherine St. East, Montreal, 514-315-2052, www.arcteryx.com
See you at the finish line! —JN
March 29th, 2011
As spring teases and winter taunts, we’re getting tired of our sweater dresses and have started eyeing our sweet summer frocks. But since it’s too cold to go bare legged, we’re pairing our short skirts and spaghetti straps with a cardigan and a cute pair of tights.
Wearing actual thigh-highs can get a little draughty in the cold weather, so we wear Dim Trompe l’Oeil tight ($21), with a knee-length skirt (so we can feel cheeky but not chilly when the wind blows it up). At The Bay, 585 St. Catherine St W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com
We love Secret’s white lace tights ($9.50) for when we want to look our most sweet and innocent. But we’ll wear them with a black leather shorts just to maintain our mystique. At The Bay, 585 St. Catherine St W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com —JN
March 21st, 2011
Somehow we can’t imagine Katy Perry and Blake Lively oohing and ahhing together over champagne at a Tupperware party. But change the word “Tupperware” to “Bling” and we’re hoping we’ll be invited.
Both Katy and Blake are customers of Lia Sophia, a direct sales costume jewellery company that has now launched in Quebec. We can picture Blake wearing these elegant earrings with her Chanel duds, and Katy sporting this nautical necklace ($39) with one of her pin-up worthy outfits. But we’ll scout the red carpet line for some bolder items, like this cuff bracelet ($440).
Because it would be totally awkward if we all showed up wearing the same bracelet.
March 15th, 2011
We never thought we’d stray from the skinny jean again, but Gap’s crisp flares ($79.50) will be perfect to wear to work with a lacy blouse and summer blazer. Gap, 705 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-5033, www.gapcanada.com
For the weekend we’ll be looking effortlessly adorable in Diesel’s iconic Hushy jean ($200) rolled up with a cute pair of kicks. Diesel, 2114 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, 514-845-4335, www.diesel.com
We’ll pair these sexy and stretchy white Second Yoga Jeans ($110) with a sleek white tank and lots of bracelets for a night out dancing, so we can drop it like it’s hot without showing any tushy cleavage. At Holt Renfrew, 1300 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-842-5111, www.holtrenfrew.com
March 8th, 2011
There are just some articles of clothing that men do not understand, like capris, clogs and the worst offender, harem pants. Of course, if men had their druthers, they’d have us all wandering around like the supporting cast in a ZZ Top video.
Taking the art of dressing for oneself to a higher level is Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller. With recent posts demonstrating the art of the bolo bow tie, the science of mixing prints, and the steps to go from man-getter to man-repeller, this stylish blog will ensure that you have your weekends to yourself.
Unless you find a cool guy who can appreciate your personal style. And who doesn’t have a foot-long beard.
March 1st, 2011
It seems like women have two choices when it comes to looking sexy: fancy lingerie that doesn’t do anything for the figure, and sizable scuba suits that only look good under clothes.
And if you’ve ever suffered the indignity of trying to remove a pair of figure-fixing undergarments in mixed company, you’ve probably wished for a lighter option.
We found balance in Body Wrap’s Sheer Iridesscent Collection, blending bodyshaping technology with pretty prints and styles. We’re replacing our boring beige briefs with pin-up worthy polka dots and florals in sweet styles like the Lift & Hide Cami ($54.40) and the Sculpt & Shape Bodysuit ($64.40).
With skivvies this cute, it’s almost a shame to cover them up with clothes. —JN
At www.bodywrap-shapewear.com and Simons, 977 Sainte Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-282-1840.