May 16th, 2013
Room service, fresh sheets and a lobby bar - what's not to love about hotels?
And while we use them for travel and the occasional watering hole, hotels are about much more than thread count. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, the expansive new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, explores the value and impact of hotels in culture, tourism, architecture and art.
The show is a mix of mediums and full of fascinating pop-culture stories (Katherine Hepburn being tossed out of the Claridge's lobby for wearing pants) and curious historical facts (like Pan-Am Airlines founding InterContinental Hotels to expand influence in South America). The hotel as a creative hub is explored in depth, with photos and works of writers, poets, musicians and filmmakers who've made spots like the Chelsea in New York City and the Chateau Marmont in LA infamous to this day.
Also inside the exhibit is a stellar Ace Hotel pop-up shop. Part exhibit, part boutique, many of the custom items with Grand Hotel/Ace branding are for sale, including post cards (People Come and Go / Nothing Ever Happens, a line from the exhibit's inspiration, 1932 film Grand Hotel, $1.50), Tees and leather hold-alls.
Time to check in.
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life on now at the Vancouver Art Gallery, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
See more photos from the exhibit on our Editors' Diary.
(Photo by Rachel Topham for Vancouver Art Gallery)
May 15th, 2013
Move over BB, we’re into CC now.
We admit that to anyone but beauty enthusiasts, this sentence must sound like gibberish, but long-time readers will know that we love a product that multitasks. Short for ‘Complexion Corrector,’ the Almay CC Cream is packed with complexion improving ingredients, while conveniently providing coverage with one product. Unlike its predecessor BB, CC can be thought of as more of a skincare product, rather than a makeup one. Almay’s brand new Smart Shade CC Cream does the trick without having to spend a fortune on multiple products.
Wear alone for a light summer cover up nad you've got this season's minimal trend covered. —Anya Georgijevic
May 14th, 2013
Come summertime, heavy undergarments belong buried deep in our underwear drawers. A breezier alternative hails all the way from Denmark.
BASE (Basic Aesthetic for Sustainable Easywear) Range lingerie is made with lightweight organic bamboo fabric. Basic is the keyword here—no frills, no unnecessary embellishment—just simple silhouettes that fit. We love the highwaisted panty ($28) for its vintage granny-like style, and the triangle bra ($48) is sure to not overwhelm under all those skimpy summer tank tops.
Basic does it. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at One of a Few, 354 Water St., Vancouver, 604-605-0685, www.oneofafew.com
May 13th, 2013
Kate Middleton may have done her own makeup for her big day, but we think some things are better left to the professionals.
The wedding season is about to begin and whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest (hey, you’ll still be photographed), perfect makeup is a must. For my own recent very important event (um, the Prince concert!), I enlisted The Salon Beauty Bar’s Mobile Makeup service to give me a look that would stand out in the crowd. My laziness worked in my favour: Mobile Makeup’s artists beautify you in the comfort of your own home, so no need to run around town with a half-melted summer face. And did Prince notice me? I’m pretty sure I saw him throw a little glance in my direction. —Anya Georgijevic
From $150, The Salon Beauty Bar, 505 Thurlow St., 604-682-4645, www.thesalonbeautybar.com
May 11th, 2013
We secretly think there's only one thing moms want for Mother's Day - more hours in the day. And we would definitely spend part of that time reading these stellar Canadian parenting blogs.
With a tagline like “Not potty trained. Not trying” the Honest Toddler makes our kids look like angels. This Canadian toddler’s reflections on life makes us want to both laugh and cry. “Funny how after 10 p.m. asking for a sip of water is on the same level as attempted murder.” Indeed.
Sweet Potato Chronicles is a blog about family food, created by a pair of ex-FASHION magazine staffers, Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh. Expect healthy recipes that are designed for modern families (read: quick and uncomplicated), information about food trends, and lots of cookbook giveaways.
Mama. Papa. Bubba: It’s a love/hate (OK, envy) thing with “Mama” Jen Kossowan because she seems to have a talent for preparing extraordinarily healthy, fun food and activities for her “bubba” Gracen. We still can't figure out how she manages to get that much kale into her daughter, but we're hooked on the great crafts and recipes.
Regressive Parenting describes itself as a blog about “Detachment parenting in an attachment age” and is one of the most honest parenting sites we’ve found to date. Penned by two mothers who share a love of wine, they remind us about the realities of having kids and dole out real advice like “Stay away from the Babycenter.com message boards.” Sadly, the blog is not updated regularly but you’ll find some gems on Twitter @RegressiveMama: Have you met kids? They are not for everyone.
The Thirties Grind: Melissa Carr is best known for her Absurd Vancouver Properties of the Week, but as a mom, she also covers a lot of parenting issues. Expect some debate in the comments section as she tackles issues like childhood allergies or childcare, and her The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver profiles local women that bear little resemblance to the ones in the show (and have a lot less plastic surgery).
Reasons Mommy Drinks is recently back from a book writing hiatus (expect a launch this fall.) An exploration of the reasons why parents resort to alcohol, this blog not only provides hilarious articles lamenting things like the thousands of dollars we spend on baby carrying devices (carriers, strollers, and car seats) but also provides recipes for cocktails to get us through each day. And we smile at the reminders that all parents make mistakes: “The Park: she forgot to pack your hat, which according to The Unspoken Rules of Parenting is the equivalent of leaving you outside naked in a snowstorm."
Happy Mother's Day from the VitaminDaily.com team!
May 10th, 2013
Looking for a late-night snack after quaffing a few Gastown cocktails, but no longer have the stomach for cheap donair and cardboard pizza? Don't noodle over it - head to restaurateur Mark Brand's newest venture, No. 1 Noodle House.
Located in the much-loved "old Boneta" space, Brand is bringing post-bar ramen to the masses with his 75+ seat joint. We recommend a bowl of Tonkotsu, served with pork broth, pork belly, soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots and mizuna ($9.50). Also on the current modestly-sized and modestly-priced menu is bahn mi, chicken wings, spring rolls and edamame.
Still in its soft open phase (with menus being finalized and liquor licence pending), earn cool points with your gang by being the first in the noodle know.
Cash only, open for lunch and dinner, No. 1 Noodle House, 1 Cordova St. W., Vancouver, www.no1noodlehouse.ca
May 9th, 2013
Skip the glitz and glam of Rodeo Drive, and hit up some of Los Angeles’ cooler spots.
Located just below the picturesque West Hollywood hills and five minutes from the notorious Chateau Marmont, Andaz Hotel’s rooftop swimming pool and its indie soundtrack will put you in the right mood to feel like a hip Angeleno. 8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, 323-656-1234, www.westhollywood.andaz.hyatt.com
Forget Britney Spears and her bottomless Starbucks, the best coffee in Los Angeles is in Silver Lake. Everyone drinking and working at Intelligentsia look like they belong in some cool band about to make it big. Who knows? Maybe they are. 3922 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 323-663-6173, www.intelligentsiacoffee.com
Silver Lakers take their vinyl very seriously. As does Vacation, the neighbourhood’s acclaimed record store. Whether you are looking for original pressings of Smiths albums or the new Kurt Vile record, they’ll likely have it. 3815 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 323-666-2111, http://vacationvinyl.com
From Silver Lake, head over to the equally happening Echo Park, and stop by Mohawk Bend to taste one (or two or three) of their 72 local craft beers. This gorgeously retrofitted 100-year-old Vaudeville theatre also features modern pub fare using the finest local ingredients. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 213-483-2337, http://mohawk.la
Echo Park is home to writer Dave Eggers, who is also one of the directors of 826LA, a non-profit kids’ writing centre. This adorable place is also home to The Time Travel Mart, where you can pick up the 826LA’s publications like From the Couch to the Kitchen, a cookbook written by high school students, as well as sharp-witted knick-knacks. 1714 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 213-413-3388, http://826la.org
Over on Mid Wilshire, you’ll find the painfully hip Pour Vous. From PYTs to older distinguished types (and we hear Robert Pattinson), this speakeasy features Parisian-inspired cocktails that will quickly go to your head, while you watch trapeze burlesque artists perform to moody Lana Del Rey songs. 5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 323-871-8699, http://pourvousla.com
May 8th, 2013
Mother's Day comes but once a year, so this Sunday, make up for that time you "borrowed" her car after curfew.
Consider a keepsake with a philanthropic twist, like the Blue Ruby Jewellery collaboration with Cause We Care. These stylish bracelets are made of teak wood beads with turquoise, aquamarine and blue quartz accents, and all proceeds go to the Vancouver-based charity. $20-$45 each or set of 3 for $55 at Blue Ruby, www.blueruby.com
Since you took away so much of her beauty sleep over the years, help mom restore her skin with philosophy's Hope in a Jar Night (the add on to the cult favourite, Hope in a Jar). This thick, intensely moisturizing cream that will have mom looking so young, she'll be mistaken for your sister. $48 at Sephora.ca and philosophy counters, www.philosophy.com
For a sweet end to Sunday brunch, visit the wonderful Beaucoup Bakery for a 10" macaron cake filled with Sicilian pistachio pastry cream and raspberry gelée, surrounded by raspberries and topped with fresh edible flowers. Serves six ($24), must be ordered by Thursday, May 9 by phone 604-732-4222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing feels more personal than an engraved item, which is why we love these stylish Colour Block Cutting Boards ($109-$159, plus $11 for engraving). There's still time to have one done for Mother's Day at Make at Granville Island, 1648 Durlanleau St., Vancouver, www.makevancouver.com
A good bag goes a long way. Vancouver-based Lloyd and Wolf’s Maddy bag combines fashion and function by acting as three bags in on: Extend the strap for a cross body bag, shorten it to make it a shoulder bag, and remove it for a clutch. Sourcing from Italy and Spain result in high quality skins, and limited production runs mean this bag is uniquely hers. $450 at www.lloydandwolf.com or at Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-714-0085, www.rebeccabree.com
May 7th, 2013
Like many young designers, Lauren Moffatt started by designing and producing her collection from home. But home was a 31-foot sailboat docked on New York’s Hudson River, so it certainly makes for a more interesting start.
While her clothing isn't necessarily nautical, her spring/summer collection would not be out of place on a sailboat, or any other breezy destination. Her lightweight denim Alley Dress ($325, left) is ideal for throwing over a bikini and her Billie Jean striped dress ($295, right) would look great with a pair of flat sandals on deck.
And if you aren’t spending your summer at sea, her loose, easy dresses are perfect for yacht-watching from a waterfront patio. Ahoy! —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Available exclusively at Much&Little, 2541 Main St., Vancouver, 604-709-9034, www.muchandlittle.com
May 6th, 2013
It made the rounds in the hippie-loving Sixties, and now designer Mark Holden is bringing back the iconic peace sign in the form of a luxe scarf.
Hand printed and made in Italy, these scarves ($195-$325) are just the summer wrap we’ve been looking for. Fashion does good, as proceeds from each of these elegant scarves go towards the Just Imagine Foundation, established to support global foundations and assist new entrepreneurs and community based business owners.
We're all wrapped up in peace. —Anya Georgijevic
At Boboli, 2776 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-257-2300 and Kiss and Makeup, 925 Main St, West Vancouver, 604-922-6292, www.kissandmakeupstore.com