Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
February 23rd, 2010
The Winter Olympics are five days from over, but we’re keeping the spirit alive with a pair of patriotic steppers.
That morning sprint to work may not merit the national anthem, but you’ll feel strong and free getting there in a pair of red and white Canadian flag flats ($205).
At Pretty Ballerinas, 392 Victoria Ave., Westmount, 514-489-3030, www.prettyballerinas.ca
February 16th, 2010
Between thinking up hip baby names, a fab jewellery line and all that do-gooding, where does she find the time?
This week at Holt Renfrew, Nicole Richie unrolls Winter Kate, her debut clothing collection developed ici à Montreal. From silk maxi-dresses ($325) and kimono-style cardis ($185) to a soft leather jacket ($625), each mouth-watering piece has a chic boho vibe that’s perfect for easing out of winter bulk. And if togs weren’t enough, she’s also kicked off House of Harlow 1960 footwear including whipstitched Pearl pumps ($250), sweet Tilly brogues ($225) and cozy moccasin boots.
Up next: baby number three, or eau de parfum?
Holt Renfrew, 1300 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal, 514-842-5111, www.holtrenfrew.com
Catch a glimpse of Nicole on February 18 when she makes an appearance at the Montreal Holt Renfrew store, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
February 9th, 2010
Between all the birthdays and baby showers, we’re rapping faster than Lil' John.
For inspiration we’re roaming the aisles of Mortimer Snodgrass’ new mega-store. It’s filled to the brim with 7,000 quirky gifts and gadgets from poppy stainless steel water bottles ($17) to bright pink Welly Warmers ($25).
After raiding the décor department, take a rest in the reading lounge perusing books like Pick-ups & Come-ons. Grab a vintage-style reusable tote ($9) to cart home the loot.
Consider it your gift.
Mortimer Snodgrass, 56 Notre Dame West, Montreal, 514-499-2851, www.mortimersnodgrass.com
February 2nd, 2010
No Gym Required sneakers are the perfect way to make housework and errands count as an activity (if not acts of sainthood).
Created by Winnipegger Jennifer Cohen and worn by celebs Jennifer Garner and Courtney Cox, these snazzy cross trainers ($174.99) can burn up to 50 per cent more calories while you go about your life. One-and-a-half pounds heavier than regular trainers, they have removable weighted insoles that tone your lower body and engage core muscles.
Now that's what we call running an errand.
At Tony Shoes, 1346 Greene Ave., Westmount, 514-935-2993, www.tonyshoes.com
January 28th, 2010
As much as we adore our Louboutins, there’s no walking the dog in those four-inch puppies.
But you can still make a Sunday stroll statement in stylin’ sneakers from Lacoste. The preppy brand has collaborated with NYC’s Married to the Mob to create lace-print hi-tops in purple or gold (US$120). Even better? Each pair has a Louboutin-inspired red sole so while Fido may not notice, you’ll be the talk of the dog run.
January 12th, 2010
Mother always told us to dress warm, but snow pants haven’t suited our image since fifth grade recess.
Instead we’re wrapping up in a stylish skirt by Montreal design collective Fantasy World Heroes. Made from wool-blend and quilted fabrics, each Snowskirt is lined in peppy-hued satin and fastens neatly over dresses, leggings or jeans. Our pick? The striking Cherry Dear ($145, pictured) trimmed in black faux-fur, and virgin wool Grey Fox with jewel-blue lining ($155).
Alas, we’re saved from the chill, and social suicide.
At General 54, 54 St-Viateur St., Montreal, 514-271-2129 or www.fantasyworldheroes.etsy.com
January 6th, 2010
Thomas Crown was a pro at switching paintings under the noses of museum guards (much to the chagrin of Catherine Banning).
Without resorting to thievery, we’re getting our own rotating gallery by renting from Art Anywhere. Choose your favourite painting, drawing or photograph online and it’s then shipped directly from a local artist and you can keep it on your wall for a whole month. We’re starting out the year with Roger Guetta’s digital In Nature #1 for the living room and Simon Dutil-Paquette’s striking mixed media Sommes-nous toujours authentiques? in the breakfast nook.
Too bad they can’t send us Pierce Brosnan - he’d look just perfect in the bedroom.
Pieces from $25/per month, www.artanywhere.com
January 5th, 2010
Victorian ladies hid their girth under boned corsets while our grandmothers squeezed into beige-colored girdles. Thankfully, our generation has something a little more fashionable and forgiving.
Sculptz Shaper Top opaque tights (from $22) come in pretty hues like mauve-grey foliage, plum herringbone, and chocolate animal print. For those in need of that extra bit of oomph, try the comfy hot pink shaper shorts. We love how they refuse to run or pill, and you’ll look so svelte in that knit dress you may find yourself indulging in a second piece of pie. Uh-oh.
At Sears stores, www.sears.ca
December 22nd, 2009
Finally we can fiddle with our iPhone without freezing our fingers off.
Seeing as there’s no app for frostbite, we’ll be texting and tweeting all winter with Echo Touch gloves ($35). Each pair has a special fabric on the thumb and pointer finger that’s compatible with touch-sensitive devices. Made from wool and cashmere, they’re soft, warm and best of all stylish; perky shades include magenta, chartreuse, turquoise, red and terracotta.
Now if only there was a snow-shoveling app, life would be perfect.
At Ogilvy, 1307 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-842-7711, www.ogilvycanada.com
December 17th, 2009
This party season we’re packing more than just glitter-gloss in our Bottega Veneta clutch.
The Ila Dusk is a stylish little personal alarm ($29.99) that emits a high-decimal, up-to-two-mile scream when you pull its chain. Small and discrete, it hooks onto your purse or keychain for easy access. Better still, there’s no need to sacrifice style for safety—it comes in pretty prints like black-and-white, blue floral and stars.
Too bad it won’t protect us from bad pick-up lines.
At the Bay, 585 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.thebay.com