February 22nd, 2010
We love a deep massage but some leave us feeling more pummeled than placid.
Less is more with Dr. Hauschka Spa’s new Holistic Body Treatment (from $75) designed to tone, energize and boost the immune system using gentle pressure. After a sage and rose-petal foot soak, the therapist applied mood-elevating St. John’s Wort oil to our upper body using circular movements choreographed to our breathing pattern. After rose oil was rubbed into our legs and feet (followed by a ten-minute snooze), we floated out the door in a painless state of bliss.
Dr. Hauschka Spa, 1444 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal, 514-286-1444, www.spadrhauschka.com
February 17th, 2010
Had we known we could bring snacks, we’d have got into live classical music years ago.
There’s no need for cultural apathy with Les Mélodînes lunch-hour concerts at Place des Arts. Each Thursday until April, the Studio-théâtre opens its doors to brown baggers and top-notch musicians like pianist Daniel Moran and classical guitarist Daniel Bolshoy. And, if you’re looking for something pretty to catch the eye of that handsome oboist, carry your lunch in this.
But please leave the crunchy carrots at home.
Tickets $8, Les Mélodînes, 12:10 – 12:50 pm, February 18 to April 8, Studio-théâtre, Place des Arts, 175 Ste-Catherine Street W., Montreal, 514-842-2112, www.laplacedesarts.com
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
November 16th, 2009
We take pride in being multi-tasking mavens and we like our beauty products to do the same.
Fighting sun damage, acne and irritation, L.A.-based La Bella Donna is a hard-working line of mineral-based makeup now available in Montreal.
Porcelain-skinned Lily Cole is a fan and now we’ve gone loopy over the Loose Mineral Foundation ($60) which soothes skin and covers redness (without clogging pores).
A quick brush, and you're ready for your close-up.
At PEAU Esthétique Médicale 540-3550 Cotes-des-Neiges St., Montreal, 514-989-7328, www.peaumontreal.com
November 6th, 2009
When it comes to compatibility, the classic pairing of a burger and fries sets the standard.
We tested the mettle of our own budding relationship at Le Gourmet Burger, the newest face on the comfort food scene. We both started with a hearty beef patty ($5) but the truth of any good match is in the toppings (from $1). We went boldly forward with brie and caramelized fig walnuts, while our gent made old-school choices like cheddar, bacon and coleslaw. We dipped our crisp sweet potato fries ($3) into spicy mayo, while monsieur stuck to regular potatoes with ketchup. Were we worlds apart or would opposites attract?
After a few delicious bites, burgers were swapped and fries were shared. Final verdict? A match made in burger heaven.
Le Gourmet Burger, 1433B Bishop St., Montreal, 514-435-3535 www.legourmetburger.com
November 4th, 2009
It was only a matter of time.
The 1939 Hollywood epic Gone with the Wind has gone High Def and is making its splendidly re-mastered debut in Montreal. Set in the south during the Civil War, we adore the corseted ball gowns and sexy sparring between Clark Gable’s randy Rhett and Vivien Leigh’s sassy Scarlett.
Is this 19th century version of He’s Just Not That Into You a teeny bit sexist? Maybe, but quite frankly, we don’t give a damn.
Gone with the Wind in HD, Saturday November 14, 11 a.m., Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, 977 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, tickets from $7.95, www.cineplex.com/events
September 16th, 2009
Watching Diane Kruger stretch her acting chops (and rock those red lips) in Inglourious Basterds had us pining for all things deutsch.
We’re heading to Berlin, cinematically-speaking, for the Goethe-Institut series commemorating the 1989 reunification of Germany. Twenty Years After the Fall presents films about life before and after the wall came down, including the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others (7 p.m., September 24-25), and Lights From Afar, a powerful documentary about disenchanted teens growing up in late 1980s East Berlin (7 p.m., November 13).
1989 / 2009: Twenty Years after the Fall, tickets $7, September 17 to December 11, Goethe-Institut, 418 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal, 514-499-0159, www.goethe.ca/montreal
August 12th, 2009
We never thought we’d be quite so enamored by musk oxen, but so it is.
Enter the animal kingdom at Etat Sauvage, a tented exhibit of 130 National Geographic photos on display across from the Bell Centre. From necking Tanzanian giraffes and singing Kenyan hippos, to leaping lions from Botswana and packs of Russian reindeer, the oversized images and subtle sounds of wind, snow and birds is a walk on the wild side.
Etat Sauvage, tickets $12, until September 7 under the big tent, De la Montagne, south of René-Lévesque Blvd., Montreal, www.etat-sauvage.com
August 10th, 2009
After three months of rain, we’re cramming a summer’s worth of sport into August.
All that tennis/sailing/biking has taken its toll on our poor paws, but we’ve found relief in Rêve de Miel hand cream by Nuxe ($16). Sweet and subtle, its fragrance has notes of acacia honey, wild nut and Chilean rose oil. We also adore the fingerprint-proof packaging, a sleek, flat tube that won’t slip out of our hands and into the lake.
It hasn’t done much to improve our serve/knots/speed but we do think we’ve achieved the upper hand.
At Ogilvy, 1307 Ste Catherine W., Montreal, 514-842-7711, www.ogilvycanada.com
August 4th, 2009
Bling alert! Ogilvy’s accessories department is back on our style radar.
No longer a graveyard of madame pendants, its new costume jewelry counter features six funky designers, many from Montreal. Doll up any LBD with Marie-Lise Lachapelle’s orchid-inspired gold earrings, exotic ivory and wood necklaces from Rosemary Hedges, or stunning pearl-and-crystal strands by Claudia Grundman.
We couldn’t possibly play favorites, but we’re lusting after Skalli’s Miro-like modern pendants, Andrew Hamilton Crawford’s bright, chunky cuffs (pictured), and semi-precious beaded strands by Karen McClintock.
Ogilvy, you’ve officially got your groove back, and now so do we.
1307 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-842-7711, www.ogilvycanada.com