Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
December 20th, 2010
It’s important to us to show our support for causes we believe in.
Now we can match our ethics to our outfits with Défi Canderel’s Good Luck bracelet designed by Clio Blue. Whether you get the sporty cotton-rope version ($75) or the elegant silver-dipped link bracelet ($185), you know the proceeds will go to a good cause.
We’re happy to help. Especially when jewellery is involved.
At the Bleu Comme le Ciel counter at Ogilvy, 1307 Sainte Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-842-7711.
December 16th, 2010
For a hardcore downtown girl, Laval seems almost as far away as Maui. But we’ll take the half-hour commute to surf over a day-long flight to Hawaii anytime.
Montreal is now home to Maeva Surf the first indoor surfing site in Canada. Using Flowrider technology, a pump propels 8-inches of water over a trampoline like fabric, allowing riders to “flowboard” ($30 / 30 minutes), a technique mixing surfing and snowboarding.
Maeva Surf, 2005 Daniel-Johnson, Laval, 450 934-6238, www.maevasurf.com
December 14th, 2010
The women in our life are so naturally gifted, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything they could ever need. So we’re getting them things they want.
If her favourite thing to do is curl up in front of the fire with an engrossing read, get her The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set ($37.60), pour her a glass of red and let her devour this delicious series in peace. At Amazon.ca
For the eco-conscious fashionista on your list, Holt Renfrew and Matt & Nat have partnered to offer an exclusive line of vegan accessories, including this sexy cross-body bag ($125) that we’re dying to add to our own collection. Hint hint. www.holtrenfrew.com
December 9th, 2010
A walk of shame is embarrassing. But it’s even worse when it involves hobbling home in painful pumps.
We come prepared with Damn Heels ($20 including tax), a flirty little pair of foldable flats that you can pop into your purse to unfold and employ when necessary. The adorable ballet shoes come in black, silver, and gold, to match last night’s outfit and a cute reusable tote bag to carry those sadistic stilettos.
Allowing you to stride with pride.
December 7th, 2010
What do you get for the man who has everything (i.e. you, in whatever capacity he has you in)? Here are our best guy buys from steal to splurge.
From the man who turned the making of the Oxford English Dictionary into a page turner, author Simon Winchester brings us pretty much every topic a boy could want in a book with Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. At Amazon.ca
Warm his ears (and your soul) by picking up a limited-edition fleece lined Merino wool Canada Goose toque ($50) from Holt Renfrew. A portion of the proceeds goes to Polar Bears International dedicated to conserving polar bears in their natural habitat. At Holt Renfrew, www.holtrenfrew.com
Polly want a Pinot Noir? He’ll be cracking open bottles of holiday cheer in style with this whimsical parrot corkscrew from Alessi ($76). Alessi, 2085 Crescent St., Montreal, 514-316-4560, www.alessi-shop.com
Give him the gift of choice with a Prestige Gift Box. With the Découverte box ($299) your adrenaline junkie can choose his own adventure, from flying a plane to driving a Porsche Boxster S. If it's relaxation he’s after, go for the Détente box ($399) with a selection of spa experiences (some for two!). At www.coffretsprestige.com
You can’t expect him to drink a regular cognac while he’s riding in the Maybach. For extreme luxury, pick up a limited edition bottle of Cognac Louis XIII by Remy-Martin ($2,595). With only 80 or so bottles available at SAQs in Quebec, this gift will surely let him know how much he means to you. If you are Beyoncé. www.louis-xiii.com
November 30th, 2010
We love giving holiday gifts with a homemade touch. But since we are neither artsy nor crafty, we need to outsource our artisanry. Lucky for us 'tis the season for craft fairs.
Inspired by the retro craft fair but featuring modern creations from designers including Nuevo, Valerie Dumaine, and La La Yeah, the Smart Design Mart helps you bring local products underneath your tree. Sounds pretty smart to us. Smart Design Mart, December 3-5 at 160 rue Saint-Viateur E., Montreal, 2nd floor, www.smartdesignmart.com
We haven’t been into the Nutcracker since we were teeny ballerinas, but we’re very into The Nutcracker Market, benefitting Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Find Gris Gris Factory, la Maison du Macaron and Brazen Design among the many others selling their wares. Suite. The Nutcracker Market, until November 5 at the Palais des Congrès, Admission $5, 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle Place, Montreal, 514-871-8122 .
Although the Puces Pop is technically located in the basement of a church, it certainly isn’t any ordinary craft fair. With 110 vendors including Dot & Lil, Nea Wear and Dreaming Tree Paper, you’ll have no trouble finding that personalized gift for someone you love. Even if that person is you. Puces Pop, December 18–19, 5037 St. Dominique St., Montreal, www.popmontreal.com/en/puces/events
November 23rd, 2010
She won our hearts at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and now she’s doing her best to save the hearts of women everywhere.
Joannie Rochette recently unveiled her new sterling silver heart necklace ($150) in collaboration with BIRKS. Proceeds from the pendant, a modern twist on the heart shape incorporating loops and swirls evocative of Joannie’s dazzling spins, will be going to the iheartmom campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
We heart you too, Joannie.
At Birks, 1240 Phillips Sq., Montreal, 514-397-2511, or www.birks.com
For Vitamin Daily’s interview with Joannie Rochette, check out Montreal editor Jenn Nachshen's post on the vitaminwater blog.
November 16th, 2010
We love shopping in Paris! Especially when we can do it from the comfort of our office in Montreal.
Lollipops Paris recently launched an online store for Canadians to purchase their chic and whimsical bags, shoes, wallets and jewellery from home. We have our eye on the glam rock Jiamonds High Boots, the adorable Jhot purse and the quirky-cute Japple bangle.
Sweet as candy!
November 12th, 2010
Windows might have been replaced by the world wide web, but nothing passes the time quite like perusing the 'net for our favourite designers. Herewith, our editors’ go-to e-shops.
Need Supply Co. is stocked with beguiling basics, beautiful boots and accessories that tend towards the unconventional. The site sells the likes of affordable cool lines Jeffrey Campbell, Karen Walker, La Mer and Funktional, not to mention menswear. International shipping over $250 is free. www.needsupply.com
Joy Pecknold, Vancouver editor
A favourite among stylish bloggers, Queen’s Wardrobe’s selection of Chloe-esque shorts and Chanel-inspired jackets will make you feel like fashion royalty. The shop is based in Korea so shipping is a tad high, and ordering a size up is a wise idea. www.queenswardrobe.com
Malwina Gudowska, Calgary editor
I treasure my Olivia Morris pumps in a Celia Birtwell floral print. Now that the doyenne of fabric design has launched an online it’ll be hard not to snap up wallpaper, fabric, stationery and vintage in abundance. http://www.celiabirtwell.com
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
You have to bookmark the All Saints online shopping site. We can’t get enough of their leather jackets and their ultra-soft, beautifully cut cotton T-shirts. www.us.allsaints.com
Elsa Vecchi, Montreal editor (French edition)
More than just an online store, SSENSE offers art and culture news alongside an astounding array of fashions by designers such as Alexander Wang, Lanvin and Rag and Bone. Fashion geekdom, rejoice! www.ssense.com
Jennifer Nachshen, Montreal editor (English edition)
One of the few mass retailers with a dedicated Canadian site, we pick up our basics (striped tops, chunky knit scarves, cableknit tights) from Gap’s online store. No duty and no handling fees mean a little extra kitty to blow on a winter puffer vest. www.gapcanada.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing editor
November 9th, 2010
With so many ways to find the time (check your phone, ask a handsome stranger, etc.), are watches anything more than functional jewellery?
Toywatch’s new styles give us a reason to check our wrists instead of our phones. We love the Jelly Looped with mix ‘n match wristbands to create fun colour combinations, the chic Heavy Metal and the sparkling Gem watches.
You can count down the minutes until handsome strangers start asking you the time. Now that’s functional.
At The Bay, 585 Ste Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.toywatchcanada.com