July 15th, 2009
If your idea of heaven is tall, dark and handsome, this is the week to stay in the city. Lithe Argentine dancers have descended for the Montreal International Tango Festival.
Sign up for an intensive class at Tango Libre (from $35), try your hand at an evening milonga or pack a picnic and enjoy people watching at Parc Lafontaine’s weekly Tango in the Afternoon (Sundays, 2:30-6 p.m.).
Montréal International Tango Festival, until July 19, 514-527-5197, www.festivaldetangodemontreal.qc.ca
July 8th, 2009
Are product designers the new rock stars?
You may decide so after seeing Gary Hustwit’s latest doc, Objectified, which looks at how everyday objects from toothbrushes to door handles have become contemporary objets d’arts. This fascinating film gets into the creative minds of designers like Marc Newson, maker of the million dollar Lockheed Lounge (pictured), and Karim Rashid, the brainchild behind the Garbo plastic garbage pail.
Finally, some insight into our obsession with Ikea water glasses.
Objectified, tickets $10; until July 16 at Cinema du Parc, 3575 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-281-1900, www.cinemaduparc.com
July 6th, 2009
An all-day pamper party is great, but sometimes a trip to the salon is pure business.
When calling up salon Local B for an appointment, we mentioned that we had to be out the door and looking gorgeous in under two hours. In no time flat they’d assembled a tag team of pros to blonde our roots ($45), bob our hair (from $40), and buff ‘n’ polish our fingers and toes, all at the same time. While everyone else rushed around, we enjoyed a leisurely espresso while laying back on the oh-so-comfy hair treatment lounges.
Oops, looks like we mixed business with pleasure.
Local B, 5085 St-Denis St., Montreal, 514-844-9515, www.localb.ca
June 12th, 2009
Is Earl Grey the new espresso? That’s our prediction after a visit to David’s Tea first Montreal boutique.
For a morning cuppa, pick up a bag of loose leaf Cream of Early Grey ($6.50), cure that three o’clock slump with an infusion of anti-oxidizing Coco Chai Rooibus ($5.50/50g), and end the evening with a concoction from the shop’s Tea Martini Kit ($49.50).
All in all, this place fits us to a tea.
March 31st, 2009
Spring has sprung, whatever shall we wear? We asked our favorite boutique-owners for some guidance:
Alfie Mangione from am68 insisted we snag a pair of faded, washed out skinny jeans from Helmet Lang ($355), “Go from day to night by pairing them with a cream Daniele Alessandrini blazer and purple four-inch wedges.”
am68, 3632 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-904-1950 and 1455 Peel St., 514-904-0891.
Mona Moore’s Anna Maria Varriano can’t get enough of Pierre Hardy. She suggests we splurge on two (!) pairs: Black and white leather platforms ($1,595, pictured) and a pair of metallic suede sandals with mesh detail ($1,195), “This is one of the edgiest and sexiest shoes this season”.
Mona Moore, 1446 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-842-0662, www.monamoore.com
U&I’s Eric Toledano is crazy about a sleeveless soft bleached-denim shirt-dress from Acne ($325), “The color is so neutral you can play it up with brightly colored shoes or jewellery.”
U&I, 3650 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-844-8788, www.boutiqueuandi.com
Annie Di Lalla from Billie says, “My favorite piece for this season is the silk Bruuns Bazaar dress ($615). I like it because it can be also worn as a long skirt. I’ll rock the style with a large black patent-leather belt, black cropped jacket, big necklace and pair of boots.”Boutique Billie, 141 Laurier St. West, Montreal, 514-270-5418, www.billieboutique.com
Caroline Chouinard from TNT told us her must-have is a Vince vest ($240), "It's an essential layering piece. I'll pair mine with a tee, tank, shirt, over a dress, with a scarf or a great necklace." TNT, 4100 Ste-Catherine W., Westmount, 514-935-1588, www.tntthenewtrend.com
March 30th, 2009
Soap, body cream, deodorant, hair spray—We’re bordering on olfactory overload in the beauty department.
So we’re lathering up with Essensity Fragrance-Free shampoo ($15.75) by Schwarzkopf. Infused with organic chamomile and calendula, it doesn’t contain parabens, silicone or mineral oil and comes in 100 per cent recyclable bottles (our sensitive pregnant pals love it too).
See? The best things in life really are free.
At Coiffure Le Margo, 4585 St-Denis St. Montreal, 514-844-4790, www.lemargocoiffure.com
March 25th, 2009
Bean bag chairs may bring back traumatic childhood memories of shag carpet and the hippie tome Free to Be... You and Me, but you have to admit they’re awfully comfortable.
Thanks to a creative pairing between Dutch company Fatboy and Finnish design house Marimekko (adored by Jackie O, who probably never sat on a bean bag in her life), bean bags are not just a dorm room staple. We love the ’60s style series of Unikko floral prints, but our personal fave is the striking red, white and black Kaivo motif.
Now if only someone would teach us a graceful way to get up from one in a minidress.
$375 at Nüspace, 4689 St. Denis, Montreal, 514-845-6868.
March 6th, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic might be worthy of popcorn and M&M’s, but we thought our screening of Che at Ex-Centris should be paired with more sophisticated fare.
For pre-movie nosh, we booked a table at Café Méliès where Executive Chef José Rodriguez’s new menu features plate after plate of foodie perfection. We flipped for the Quebec foie gras served with apple star anise chutney ($18), and the Kobe beef burger with Serrano ham and carmelized onions ($20) put to shame our regular choice of concession stand hotdogs.
As for the Tanzanian dark chocolate tart ($8)—it had us seeing stars.
Café Méliès, 3540 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-847-9218, www.cafemelies.com
February 13th, 2009
We love the hustle and bustle of a crowded restaurant, but not when we have to shout sweet nothings into our sweetie’s ear.
When it’s time for some romance, we head over to the Plateau’s Au P’tit Lyonnais. Seating only 30 people, this French bistro is la place ideal for a little flirtation. Get cozy over duck served with raspberries ($23) or the divine filet mignon paired with a Madagascar green pepper sauce ($23). Falling in love is as easy as ordering the Amour De Cacao ($5.50) for dessert.
How sweet it is.
Au P’tit Lyonnais, 1279 Marie-Anne East., 514-523-2424, www.auptitlyonnais.com
February 9th, 2009
Raking a brush through our dry hair has us looking like we’re doing our best impression of a mad scientist.
Luckily our electric coif has been dialed-down a few notches since we started using Guenzani hair styling tools. Made from corn starch, these Italian-made, biodegradable combs ($5) glide through our locks, soothe our scalp and keep each piece in place with glorious anti-static ease.
What’s not to love about a smooth operator?
At Tau, 4238 Saint-Denis, 514-843-4420.