October 2nd, 2008
Audrey Hepburn always went first class with 52 suitcases, and while this may not be an option for most of us, we’ve picked up a few travel pointers from Pamela Keogh’s What Would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style.
•Invest in good luggage (Miss H used Louis Vuitton, of course).
•Pack the night before—it allows things to settle and you can throw in an extra pair of Ferragamo flats!
•Pre-order a vegetarian meal (they’re often fresher).
•To ward off chills, carry a cashmere wrap (AH preferred navy blue, and who are we to argue?).
•When the journey gets rough, pull out a good book and remain “childishly optimistic.”
That is the Audrey way.
Available at Amazon.ca ($16.17).
July 5th, 2008
You can only read The Hungry Caterpillar so many times before you start bellyaching too.
Canadian website Enfant Terrible has just received a shipment of gorgeous Japanese kids books that aim to inspire and surprise with their unusual themes (following the journey of a tear) and unique lessons (a book about birth from the baby’s perspective).
Created by designer Katsumi Komagata, their interactive forms and pop-ups will have you intrigued too—at least until the 100th reading.
June 17th, 2008
Just because you don’t have a Park Avenue penthouse and personal stylist doesn’t mean you can’t live a Sex in the City lifestyle. Here are a five ways how:
1. Enjoy some steamy bed time reading with your own copy of Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day by C.H. Charles available on Amazon.ca. It may not have that New York Public Library smell, but it’s très romantique.
2. Get your own Carrie-worthy made-to-measure walk-in at California Closets. After a free, two-hour consultation, designers there will custom-make the closet of your dreams (blue satin Manolos not included). California Closets, 1373 Greene Ave., Westmount, 514-939-9621, www.calclosets.com
3. Loved Samantha’s auction ring? Costume designer Patricia Field chose several pieces for the movie from Carole Tanenbaum’s vintage collection, all of which can be bought on-line. We’re coveting the triple-strand turquoise necklace c. 1960 ($600). www.caroletanenbaum.com
4. Sex in the City would be oh-so-dull without Louis Vuitton cameos. Sources tell us everything seen in the film has sold out, except the decadent, hard-sided Damier Azur Boite Flacons case carried by Charlotte on her trip to Mexico ($3,190). Louis Vuitton, 1307 Ste-Catherine W., 514-849-6520. Can’t afford your own? Do like Carrie’s assistant Louise and rent an “it” bag at www.shouldercandy.com
5. You’ve seen the movie three times, how about reviewing the entire six seasons? Go on, you know you want to. Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Giftset), ($149.99).
Now you just have to decide if you’re a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha…
April 23rd, 2008
In their song “Baby Blues,” Montreal band The Stills sing, “I’m into looks/But I’m also into books.” You might be pretty, but if you haven’t voluntarily picked up a book since that Introduction to Lit class (and no, The DaVinci Code doesn’t count), it’s time for an evolution.
Find some inspiration at the 10th annual Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Over 350 international authors, poets, publishers, translators and storytellers are gathering in Montreal for five days of workshops, lectures and panel discussions.
It’s never too late to become a sexy bookworm.
Blue Metropolis Festival, April 30-May 4, Delta Centre-Ville Hotel, 777 University St., Montreal, 514-790-1245, www.bluemetropolis.org
April 17th, 2008
We know we’re meant to drink eight glasses of water a day, eat organic and cut out the cocktails. But how’s a martini-loving gal supposed to have any fun?
Thankfully nutritionist Esther Blum’s book, Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous offers advice on being healthy without becoming a bore. Blum is funny, not preachy, and her tidbits include ways to amp up your sex life with supplements, drink recipes that prevent hangovers, and why flaxseed oil cures practically anything.
Now stop with the guilt and enjoy that glass of Pinot Noir (in moderation, of course).
Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist’s Guide to Living Well While Living It Up by Esther Blum ($15.72) is available at www.amazon.ca
April 9th, 2008
Most of us are lucky enough to have one or two great careers in a lifetime; Swedish-born writer Ulla Ryghe has had an astonishing five.
Born in 1924, her exceptional life includes working around the world as a farmer, actress, journalist, script editor, and film editor to director Ingmar Bergman in the 1960s (a time when this was an unheard of profession for women).
Her engaging memoir, Travels in Wonderland, is a testament that we’re never too old to try something new.
Travels in Wonderland by Ulla Ryghe ($14.60) is available at www.amazon.ca
February 13th, 2008
Behind the gorgeous masterpieces we see hanging at the Louvre and the Met is a dirty underbelly of crime.
Or so says world art-crime expert Noah Charney. The 27-year-old has just published his first novel, reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code (without all the religion). The Art Thief follows police and art investigators through a world of forgers and obsessive collectors as they hunt priceless works stolen from Paris, London and Rome.
You’ll never look at a Caravaggio the same way again.
The Art Thief by Noah Charney ($19.79) at www.chapters.ca
January 3rd, 2008
Our stylishly bookish Toronto editor Athena Tsavliris offers up her hit list of good winter reads.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
A touching and poignant fable about a selfless shepherd who devotes his life to planting acorns.
$8.95 at www.amazon.ca
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel threads nine stories that span topics from war to domestic discord in India and the U.S. $11.64 at www.amazon.ca
D V by Diana Vreeland
Diana Vreeland’s autobiography chronicles her 50 years of trendsetting as fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, editor-in-chief of Vogue and creator of dozens of famous exhibits. $91.16 at www.amazon.ca
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Written as a children’s book, this classic 1943 novella (one of the 50 bestselling books of all time) about a pilot downed in the Sahara Desert is a philosophical exploration of sadness, solitude and adulthood. The restored illustrations are a charm. $10.76 at www.amazon.ca
All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
Hilarious debut novel by Canadian author Kaufman follows protagonist Tom as he navigates a world where everyone is a superhero–except for him. $14.82 at www.amazon.ca
September 25th, 2007
Your best friend has just received the 18-carat Cartier of her dreams (with wonderful fiancé attached, of course).
After screaming with glee and securing your role as maid-of-honor, hand her a copy of Rings & Things ($10.95).
This Montréal wedding guide lists everything a bride-to-be needs to get herself down that aisle with ease. The little pocket book offers advice on choosing a venue (did you know you can get married at the top of Olympic stadium?), even finding a harpist and getting a henna tattoo.
There are even tips on organizing that oh-so-trendy eco-friendly wedding: recycled wedding dress anyone?
Rings & Things by Annika Melanson is available at Chapters and Indigo, www.chapters.com