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
May 4th, 2013
Parents of boys know that there is a harsh inequality when it comes to baby clothes. Girls have a vast collection of separates, dresses, and accessories to choose from, while boys have to contend with basic onesies, jeans, and the odd sweater.
We think Winter Water Factory is trying to even things out. Its collection of organic printed baby clothes features a goldmine of boys’ items. The tools romper ($40) and construction onesie ($36.50, pictured) will certainly excite the heavy machinery fans in your family, and the high seas gown ($36) is perfect for any pirate-in-the-making.
May as well dress our girls in these too, in hopes they’ll take an early interest in power tools. That toddler bed isn't going to assemble itself. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At Hip Baby, 2110 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-736-8020 and online at www.hipbaby.com
May 3rd, 2013
We may have traumatic memories of trying to climb a rope in 9th grade gym class, but one thing we do look back fondly on is our gym class attire.
Toronto's Muttonhead has launched a Locker Room pop-in-shop at Gastown's Board of Trade boutique, and its urban athletic aesthetic has us doing jumping jacks. The unisex spring/summer collection, inspired in part by vintage baseball cards, looks like a '70s track-and-field meet, minus the polyester.
The made-in-Canada pieces include a Henley baseball shirt ($92), a lightweight French terry Camping Hoodie ($132) and Duck Shorts ($143) constructed from sustainable fabrics like tencel, organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.
Now we're feeling like a good sport.
Muttonhead Locker Room at Board of Trade on until May 5, 206 Carrall St., Vancouver and online at www.muttonheadcollective.com
May 2nd, 2013
This laidback California beach community combines boho chic and an artsy vibe. Here’s our must-see, must-do itinerary.
The newly refurbished Heisler Park winds up above the beach offering pretty views and great picnic spots. Fill your beach basket at nearby Whole Foods.
Want to dress like the locals? Ultra-soft T-shirts, drawstring pajama pants, Isabel Marant booties and baskets of gorgeous, Turkish hammam towels abound at Laguna Supply. 210 Beach St., Laguna Beach, CA, 949-497-8850, http://pinterest.com/lagunasupply
The Pacific Edge Hotel has just renovated its five beachfront cabanas, which can be rented daily for up to 10 people each. Massages, bottle service, pedicures, and even photography are on offer. Each one has been designed by a different creative group or store, with one resembling a surf shop with Hoby surfboard pictures, another with a fan made from sailboat sails, and another stocked with kids books and a chalkboard table. Each has a private deck with loungers and direct beach access. Rates vary by season/day. VIP cabana Host, 949-281-5720, www.pacificedgehotel.com
A refined surf-shack that is part of the California chainlet, Umami Burger is the go-to spot to refuel after surf and sand. Check out the plank walls, folding chairs and vintage surf posters, and order the Umami Burger with shiitake mushrooms and a parmesan crisp. Umami Burger, 620 Pacific Highway, 949-342-1210, www.umami.com
May 1st, 2013
If there's one thing that would get us to exercise more, it's a personal assistant finding the best classes for our schedule and putting them in our calendar.
But until our imaginary Great Aunt releases the trust fund (ahem!), we'll have to make do with the next best thing: Lululemon's free new Om Finder for iOS. It helps us browse classes near us by date and time, stalk our favourite teachers and browse the listings at our neighbourhood yoga or Pilates studio. Better yet, we can add selected classes straight our calendar and invite friends to join us, too.
Now, would it be too much to ask it to do our ironing, too? —Kat Tancock
Available on iTunes.
April 30th, 2013
While it is very easy to resort to neutrals, a balanced wardrobe requires a splash of colour and a bit of print.
Loeffler Randall’s spring 2013 collection has just the right amount of both, featuring bags and shoes in a mix of bold patterns and rainbow hues. We love the Dhalia platform ($495) in black and white for those wanting a monochrome graphic to spice up a black outfit, or the Rider bag in cobalt ($495) to contrast with our spring pastels.
And for the colour adventuress, the Mini Rider in floral print ($395, pictured) and neon red leather will add some drama to most outfits, which is a good thing. Playing it safe might be a good idea when it comes to finances, but not always when investing in fashion. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Loeffler Randall spring 2013 collection exclusively at Violet Boutique, 3012 Granville St., Vancouver, www.violetboutique.ca
April 29th, 2013
If you’ve tried matte nail polish, you’ll know it chips and scratches way too easily because you can’t use a basecoat or topcoat without creating shine. So OPI came up with a solution: a matte topcoat. Apply this over a basecoat and any colour of varnish, and you get a matte nail that lasts a good few days. For once, we are happy to have a nail that isn’t shiny. OPI matte topcoat, $10.95 at salons and spas. www.opi.com
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Tom Pecheux developed a beautiful line of skin tone polishes for Estee Lauder’s summer collection. Described as “foundation for nails,” we suggest you wear it underneath the matte topcoat (above) for a super discreet nail. No one likes a shiny foundation, anyway. Estée Lauder French Nudes Pure Nail Color, $25.00 at Holt Renfrew, www.esteelauder.com
The new Pierre Hardy for NARS collection does double duty - literally. The clashing colours work perfectly for finger/toe combos that aren't too matchy-matchy (a nail no-no, in our opinion). Consider Etho Run (orange/navy) for a sleek, powerful look or the youthful Sharks combo (yellow/lavender) for the breezy days of summer. $32/set at all NARS counters and www.narscollection.ca
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg and Maria Tallarico
April 27th, 2013
OK, so the ride may still have training wheels, but that's no reason why it can't make some noise.
There's a Dring Dring bike bell, created by Montreal artist Annie Legroulx, for every type of kid.
For the sportster, there's a soccer ball, for the budding DJ, a vinyl record, and for the animal lover, a turtle.
Now just mind your language when she tries to cut you off.
$24 at Walrus, 3408 Cambie St., 604-874-9770 or shop online at www.dringdring.ca