Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
July 6th, 2011
They say clothes make the man. We say lingerie makes the woman.
Wearing sweet and sexy undergarments by Global Love not only increases your feminine mystique, it also helps empower women in developing countries, with five percent of proceeds going to FINCA, an organization that offers microfinance opportunities to women. Go adorably retro in the Moonlight in Moscow set ($36), or play it coy with the Paris 2 a.m. bodysuit. For those who like just a little bit of lace, we love the sweet and sexy Marion knickers.
As Elle (The Body) MacPherson once said: “If you’re wearing lingerie that makes you feel glamorous, you're halfway there to turning heads.” —Jennifer Nachshen
June 28th, 2011
We’re true Bixi converts, using the borrowable bikes to get everywhere from yoga classes to fashion events. But how can you arrive in style when you’re red-faced from exertion? Here are our top five fashion-safety tips for Bixi.
Travel Light: Who needs heavy foundations on a hot day? We love Aveeno’s Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer with a SPF30 to give us light coverage while protecting our skin.
Stiletto Safety: We wear our Damn Heels while our platform pumps rest comfortably in the basket, wrapped safely in the fold-away-tote provided.
Cover up: Biking in a skirt may look adorable, but we prefer not to sit on the communal seat in our thong. A pair of hot pants like these by Stella McCartney for Adidas will looks so cute, you’ll feel fine about flashing the car behind you.
Wipe off: A travel pack of baby wipes is a girl’s best friend. Pop into the bathroom upon arrival to freshen up by swiping an unscented sheet (who wants to smell like a baby?) under your arms, around your neck and anywhere else you need a quick clean-up.
Mist: Give your face a refreshing spritz with this soothing spray by ClickR or Mario Bedescu’s rose aloe, herb and rosewater spray to cool, hydrate, and set your makeup.
All that’s left for you to do is enjoy the ride.
June 21st, 2011
We‘ll be picking up pieces at Setlakwe’s new pied-à-terre in the Plateau. Even better? The designer will be available every Thursday at 2 p.m. to help you select items that fit your style, from her tailored take on stripes ($450) to this subtly sequined evening dress ($295).
Now it’s just a matter of deciding what we want to wear to break the glass ceiling. —JN
Iris Setlakwe, 1127 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal, 514-270-0404, www.collectioniris.com
June 15th, 2011
Big statement pieces can be sweaty in the summer, so when we want to both feel and look cool, we wear bling made from natural materials.
The leather in Luxetto’s wrapped wristlets is so soft you’ll barely know you’re wearing it. But people will definitely notice the beautiful bracelets from the custom-made jewellery line. We swooned over the Ruby ($139) in taupe leather studded with gold-plated beads as well as the Rocco ($149) in a Hermès-esque shade of orange.
We’re wrapped with attention. —JN
June 14th, 2011
Whether he’s your daddy or your baby-daddy, we’ve got five gifts that will make him feel like the fab father he is.
He cut his long hair and retired his garage band years ago, but dad is still a rock star in our books. Give him a copy of Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir ($16.49) by Steven Tyler to remind him that he really rawks! At www.chapters.indigo.ca
Home may not be on the range, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to brand his own cattle. This monogrammed forged steak brand ($39.95) from Williams-Sonoma will bring out the cowboy in him. At www.williams-sonoma.com
With everything dad does for us, it sometimes seems like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. The Travelpro Crew VIII Business Backpack ($130) has numerous pockets to organize his wallet, passport, laptop and other business travel necessities so he can get through security and back home with ease. At The Bay, 585 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com
He thinks he’s a gourmet chef just because he can man a hot grill. Instead of bursting his bubble, we’re getting him the Ultimate BBQ Set by Le Creuset, featuring a cherry-coloured platter with matching barbecue jar and brush ($135). Find retailers here.
He’s an urban eco-warrior, hitting the streets on two wheels and a briefcase, but finding a suit that doesn’t ride up while he rides is a challenge. The Strellson Meets Bianchi collection of bike-friendly business wear includes sleek suits ($795) that stretch and moisture-wicking shirts ($150) so he can cycle in style. At The Bay, 585 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.hbc.com
June 13th, 2011
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you’re not wearing your glasses, your eyes may be telling you lies.
We’re thinking of getting our vision checked just so we can get a pair of Kirk Originals fab frames. Not for the shrinking violet, these specs offer a wide array of bold colour and shape choices, with just a touch of audacity to reflect the inner you. We adored the shimmering Saturn glasses (starting at $400), featuring a laminated glitter interior that only you can see as you put them on. We’ll also be trading our man’s contact lenses in for this pair from the Kinetic collection (starting at $430), with a cool lenticular panel on the side.
We can see clearly now. —JN
At Bar à Lunettes, 401 McGill St., Montreal, 514-843-3466, www.kirkoriginals.com
June 9th, 2011
There’s nothing like slipping on a cute pair of sneakers with a sweet summer skirt and kicking around town in pure sure-footed comfort! Here are our picks for the cutest little kicks for your summer romps.
The new flagship location for Locale specializes in style without sacrificing comfort, and what better way than with these adorable denim Keds ($45). Just like your jeans, they’ll go with everything. Except maybe your jeans. Locale, 770 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal, www.localeshoes.com
You may think you need to be a skateboarder-type to wear Vans, but wait until you see these strawberry splashed sneakers ($49.99). Or custom design your own (we went with contrasting patterns of herringbone and plaid with a bright purple stripe) to get exactly the style you want. Vans/Off the Hook, 1021A Ste Catherine St. W., 3rd floor, Montreal, www.vans.offthehook.ca
Go green with Simple Shoes ($110), made from eco-certified leather and recycled materials (the treads are made from car tires!). We love the white for an extra-feminine look with your rolled up boyfriend jeans. At Mile End Kicks, 5403 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-657-4033.
There’s nothing like a pair of genuine Converse sneakers, and we love the newly returned Jack Purcell Helen silhouette (named after Jack’s wife, Helen). The Marimekko print makes it impossible to resist ($80). At Neon, 1388 Ste. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-393-1977, www.neonclothing.ca—JN
June 7th, 2011
There are some things that we need. And others we just want. Sometimes they aren’t all that different.
With botanical drawings and pharmaceutical-inspired art on the walls as well as bold dark oak apothecary-esque tables, The WANT Apothecary brings back the feeling of a 19th century neighbourhood pharmacy that would feel right at home on a New York City block. But you won’t find any medications or Q-Tips (although they do sell salves in the form of the anti-oxidant beauty product line, Aesop). Instead this thoughtfully-curated boutique stocks beautiful leather bags by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, stunning clothes by Filippa K (we were all fawning over this hot pink number) and chic pieces by Acne.
Who said you can’t always get what you want? —JN
May 31st, 2011
Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Spring Ready to Wear collection, colour-blocking has become the biggest trend for summer.
But if you’re not quite ready to rock the Crayola box like the sassy child’s drawing you are, you can still add a touch of boldly contrasting shades to your outfit with one of the adorable Jeffrey Campbell cross-body bags ($60) available exclusively at Little Burgundy. These tiny totes are perfect for days when you need a splash of vibrant colour to go with your lipstick, cell phone, and keys.
With this carry-all-that-you-need, you'll be the coolest kid on the (colour) block.
At Little Burgundy, 1127 Sainte-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-286-9414, www.littleburgundyshoes.com
May 25th, 2011
We loved ex-Vena Cava intern, Juliana Bennett’s ballet-inspired fall-winter 2011 collection at the most recent Montreal Fashion Week. But with only one point-of-purchase in Toronto, we didn’t want to have to leave the province to buy items from one of Montreal’s hottest new designers.
With just a click of our mouse we found Mulcair’s spring-summer line on their recently launched e-commerce site. Bennett’s draped dresses and figure-flattering cuts are just what we’re looking for to take us from our pencil-pushing days to patio soirées without missing a beat.
Now that’s surf-worthy style.