Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
August 20th, 2013
We’re taking fall fashion’s edgy vibe to the mat.
Lululemon’s Tech Mesh Tight ($108) have a similar (magical) fit as cult classic Wonder Unders but with one ultra-stylish details: Mesh cutouts running up both legs.
They’re ideal for keeping our cool in chaturanga, looking badass in bandhasana, and – let’s face it – will fit perfectly into our non-yoga life when paired with pointy pumps and a silk blouse.
Namaste and rock n’ roll are a match made in heaven. Who knew? —Christine Laroche
August 13th, 2013
We’ve all been touched by the disaster in Lac-Mégantic.
Now, we’re taking action while adding some chic baroque appeal to our fall wardrobes: 100 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of this limited edition cuff by Montreal label Micalla ($30, shipping included) will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross for Lac-Mégantic.
The goal has been set at $5,000 before the end of August – let’s help make it happen.
August 6th, 2013
So we don’t have a title, nor have we given birth to the 3rd in line for the British throne. That doesn’t mean we can’t look the part.
Calling all mere mortals: Banana Republic’s collaboration with London-based label (and Kate Middleton fave) Issa means that we can add some royal elegance to our closets for a fraction of the cost.
The 40-piece collection, which features plenty of patterned wrap dresses like the style (pictured on Naomi Watts) lands at the Ste-Catherine Street store on Thursday.
Our prediction for first to sell out? A replica of the iconic royal blue engagement dress – all ours for $160 (prince not included).
777 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-842-3509, www.bananarepublic.ca
July 24th, 2013
We love yoga and we love shopping. Needless to say, we’ve fallen hard for this new boutique that combines both.
Between the inspiring yoga classes and out-of-this-world massages, we’ve spent countless amazing hours at Studio Bliss. And now that Boutique Studio Bliss has opened, our pleasure has only increased.
The lovely, low-key space is stocked with all sorts of yogi essentials including clothing (like cheeky tanks by Spiritual Gangster), tea (Love Organic) and even greeting cards to help spread the zen.
Our savasana has never been so stylish. —Christine Laroche
3845 St-Laurent, Montreal, http://www.studiobliss.ca
July 23rd, 2013
Blame it on our fondness for pink tulle or a slight obsession with Audrey Hepburn but we love ballet flats.
And when we saw this particular pair at Aldo, we stopped dead in our tracks.
Ultra-supple, super-comfy suede? Check.
Like-walking-on-clouds cushy interior? Oh yes.
A glitzy tiger head adornment that screams “expensive”? Absolutely.
And yet at $60 a pop, we’ll take a pair in every colour, please! —Christine Laroche
1021 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-499-9175, www.aldoshoes.com
July 16th, 2013
Without a blue-box budget, snagging the perfect bridal jewelry can be tricky.
Just as we began to brainstorm ruses to pass cubic zirconia off as the real deal, we sauntered our way over to the Anzie counter at Holts.
Moonstone! White quartz! Mother of pearl! Read: The stuff bridal dreams are made of.
The Montreal-based label’s modern pieces feature gorgeous gemstones at prices that max out around $1,000. And, unlike those cheapie CZs, we’ll actually want to wear these again.
Cue Here Comes the Bride. – Christine Laroche
At Holt Renfrew, 1300 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, www.anzie.com
July 9th, 2013
With Wimbledon coming to an end and the Rogers Cup just around the corner, we have preppy chic on the brain.
To get the look, we’re picking up a pair of pristine white Jack Purcell sneakers ($80 at Browns) and teaming them with everything from flirty dresses to denim cutoffs.
Not only do we love their timeless style but we’re also into the Canadian connection: Jack Purcell was a world champion badminton player from Guelph, Ontario.
Pretty and patriotic? We approve. —Christine Laroche
1191 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-987-1206, www.brownsshoes.com
July 2nd, 2013
There’s only one thing we don’t love about travelling: Packing.
Clearly, the designers at Jacob had us in mind when they came up with the Jersey by Jacob collection (from $29.90 to $99.90).
The premise is simple: Stylish and comfortable basics that are wrinkle-resistant and easy to mix and match. Just add accessories to take the looks from day to night and you’re done!
Now if only there was something to be done about delayed flights…. —Christine Laroche
June 24th, 2013
Don’t have something bleu to sport in celebration of today’s holiday? Here’s the perfect plan.
Head to Marché Bonsecours and pick up a whimsical piece by Bleuet D’Art (from $45), a label launched by two local artists whose inspiration is nature and – you guessed it! – blueberries.
Of course, don’t stop there: The Marché is home to fifteen boutiques specializing in made-in-Québec wares.
Happy shopping, and happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste! —Christine Laroche
350 Saint-Paul St. E., Montreal, 514-872-7730, www.marchebonsecours.qc.ca/en
June 18th, 2013
Montreal and luxe French lingerie and swimwear brand Eres share two cosmic connections.
The first? Model Anaïs Pouliot is the face of the SS13 swim collection and just happens to call la belle province home. The second? A newly opened store on Laurier Avenue.
The airy space showcases standout pieces from Eres’ lingerie (think sultry, but never vulgar) and swim collections (extra-covetable, thanks to the Garance Doré stamp of approval).
And although the brand is on the splurge-y side, scoring a bra-and-undies set or swimsuit that makes us feel like a million bucks is, as they saying goes, priceless. – Christine Laroche
396 Laurier W., Montreal, 514-271-0768, http://www.eresparis.com/en
Photo: Jimmy Hamelin