February 13th, 2012
This year it's all about you.
Head to Lyla, for a bra that’s less blah,
Swap the Chapstick for something with kick.
The Spanx have to go (and stockings are in),
Since we’ve sloughed our way to super-soft skin.
The finishing touch is an O worthy glow,
And heels so high they’ll steal the show.
No diamond ring? We’ll get our own bling,
The Pandora Pavé ($730) is the perfect thing. —Christine Laroche
February 7th, 2012
In ninth grade, all we wanted was everything vanilla from The Body Shop. Today, we’ve gone to the dark side.
Our current crush is Chocomania, the latest from the beloved beauty brand, which smells sweetly of chocolate (the fairly traded variety, natch). The highly addictive collection includes ultra-rich body butter ($18), lightweight lotion ($12) and decadent shower cream ($8).
And it couldn’t come at a better time: We’re one week away from V-day our skin feels scaly and dried out. Ready, set, slather! —Christine Laroche
The Body Shop, 1008 Ste-Catherine St. W. 514-397-0345, www.thebodyshop.com
February 2nd, 2012
Top of the morning to you, David!
While we’ll make any excuse to gawk at Mr. Posh Spice in his skivves, we have an especially good one this morning as his collection of bodywear is launching at H&M today.
Following in the Mrs.’ designer footsteps, the football player has concocted a collection of men’s basics for H&M, including boxers (from $14.95) and a t-shirt ($17.95).
His tank ($17.95) has quickly become a fave with the ladies, if only because “We’re wearing David Beckham’s tank top” is a phrase we just can’t get enough of.
H&M, 1100 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-788-9535, www.hm.com
Photo credit: Alasdair McLellan
January 25th, 2012
Our better(ish) half has seen his fair share of lady films on the big screen so we’re giving back by taking him to the Montreal leg of testosterone-filled Mountain Film Festival tour.
What we won’t tell him is that while the films are all themed around (mostly bromantical) mountain adventures – these are the best picks from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, after all – they also feature breathtaking scenery, moving storylines and heart-palpitation inducing scenes (like this image from the film Sfinga) that make them a delight to watch.
We love a win/win. —Christine Laroche
405 Ste-Catherine St. E., Montreal, 514-987-3456, www.banffquebec.ca
January 18th, 2012
As soon as we saw this clean, sleek, all-white, space, we decided to ditch our slightly dodgy downtown mani/pedi spot.
From every Essie and O.P.I colour under the sun to services like threading and waxing (in addition to the must-have mani/pedi, natch), the très chic Runway Beauty Bar is just what we needed.
Located in the basement of Complexe Les Ailes, it will have Sephora as an upstairs neighbor as of this summer, making this mall the ultimate downtown destination for beauty-obsessed babes.
Guilty as charged. —Christine Laroche
Runway Beauty Bar, Complexe Les Ailes, 677 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-600-0464, www.runwaybeautybar.com
January 17th, 2012
We don’t like to brag, but here goes nothing: We’re a mere three degrees of separation from George Clooney.
1. Actress/former professional wrestler (!) Stacy Keibler is dating George Clooney.
2. Stacy Keibler was recently spotted walking George’s rescue dog Einstein in a cute ensemble by GapFit.
3. We’re buying the same outfit (starting with the jacket, $69.95).
Voila: So close to George we can almost feel him.
Gap, 705 St-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-5033, www.gapcanada.ca
January 16th, 2012
It’s the It product that went from “what the?” to “must have” in about five seconds flat.
Silky smooth Blemish or Beauty Balms (depends on who you ask) are an awesome combination of primer, tinted moisturizer blemish healer and sunscreen. Translation? Your entire skincare regimen, in one tiny tube.
Estée Lauder’s Day Wear Antioxidant Beauty Benefit Crème SPF 35 ($41) was among the first to hit Canadian beauty counters (and has an addictive cucumber scent). Plus, budget-friendly options are on the way: Garnier’s version comes out later this month and Marcelle’s is expected on shelves in early February.
Once you go BB, you never go back. —Christine Laroche
Estée Lauder at the Bay, 585 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-281-4422, www.thebay.com
December 14th, 2011
We can’t begin to tell you how many times we’ve lost our keys, pens, lipsticks and business cards in our own purse. Put us in a dark restaurant, and there’s no way we’re finding anything on time.
The light bulb went off for handbag designer, Annick Levesque, after she worked as a coat-check girl and watched countless women searching through their bags for ticket stubs. Each of her beautiful hand-sewn bags ($300 - $1300) can be customized ($100) to include an integrated lighting system that turns on when the bag is unzipped.
That’s what we call a bright idea! —Jennifer Nachshen
List of purchase locations online.
November 4th, 2011
We used to watch Grease and long for a real '50s-style diner, complete with belly-busting burgers, cozy booths (for making out with Danny Zuko) and a danceable Jukebox soundtrack.
We found an upscale version at Deville Dinerbar, where an easily downloadable app puts you in charge of the virtual Jukebox. We loved the gleaming black and hot pink décor and the modernized menu of comfort food fare. We shared starters of Philly Cheesesteak Spring Rolls, filled with short ribs, onions and aged Quebec Cheddar, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and crunchy deep fried pickles with a maple Dijon dipping sauce. The double stacked Deville burger on toasted brioche, topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and signature sauce, was the polar opposite of fast food, meant to be savoured slowly (and messily). And with dessert options including a tangy lemon meringue pie and hot beignets with chocolate bourbon sauce, we realized that we found the one that we want, as far as diners are concerned. —Jennifer Nachshen
Deville Dinerbar, 1425 Stanley St., Montreal, 514-291-6556, www.devilledinerbar.com
November 2nd, 2011
We may recognize them as stylemakers, but the only thing we ever learned from the Olsen Twins was how to “prune” for the cameras. That and how you can still look like a hobo whilst wearing thousands of dollars of designer duds.
Turns out Mary Kate and Ashley have an uber-talented little sister who is about to make her mark on American cinema with a star turn in the film Martha Marcy May Marlene. Elizabeth Olsen plays the title character, Martha, in the psychological thriller that explores her life and its unravelling when she returns to the real world after living as Marcy May in a cult in the Katskills.
The prune reference? Close your mouth, smile and say “prune.” Now you look like an Olsen twin! —Jennifer Nachshen
Starts Friday November 4 at the Cinema du Parc, www.cinemaduparc.com