June 14th, 2006
Been searching for the perfect welcome gift for baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt?
We think we’ve found it, courtesy of a fashion-forward mom in Seattle.
Her baby legwarmers are perfect for June, when it’s too warm for tights, but baby dresses are too breezy (even in Namibia).
Begun as an out-of-the-diaper bag business, there are now tons of cute polka dots, stars and striped legwarmers, with styles for would-be-Baryshnikovs as well as little crawling Madonna Wannabes.
And for the ultimate baby trendsetter, put them on her arms.
June 13th, 2006
Fashion milestones: your first bra, your first bottle of perfume, your first formal dress, your first strand of pearls. Reached them? Good girl.
Now it’s time to turn the corner on fashion classics by acquiring your first Hermès scarf.
And if you’re still waiting for some prince charming to drop the $400 on your perfect square of French silk, get going sister.
Now that Vancouver has its first, freestanding Hermès store, you can march right in yourself and pick up one of their twillies, a slip of a scarf that is just $150 but bears the weighty couturier’s vaunted label and whimsical prints such as water lillies.
Slip it out of its pretty orange box and tie it to the handle of your bag, twist it around your wrist, or wear it jauntily as a hair band this summer.
And when he asks about your breezy Parisian fashion flare, just reply, “Oh, this old thing?”
Hermès, 755 Burrard St., 604-681-9965 www.hermès.com
June 12th, 2006
It’s a cliché that bears repeating: there’s no cheaper pick-me-up than a new lipstick. But when the name of your lip gloss comes with its own social barometer, the pick-me-up is even quicker.
Transport yourself to instant A List with the help of San Francisco’s Benefit cosmetics’ cheeky new series of VIP lip glosses called Her Glossiness ($20).
Lasting longer than a Francis Ford Coppola director’s cut and packed with enough jojoba oil to keep your pout plump well into your third Pimm’s, the grown-up glosses are mercifully unsticky or sweet smelling.
From the pearly “my people, your people” to the peachy “didn’t hear it from me,” the glosses will have you finding your inner Hollywood starlet in no time.
Just please avoid clichés. That’s our territory.
At The Bay Vancouver, Richmond, Oakridge and across Canada in July, www.hbc.com
Read more and view other products at www.benefitcosmetics.com
June 9th, 2006
Now there’s one more super-stylish reason to venture into the gaybourhood: 1181, the sleek bar just opened by modern architects David Battersby and Heather Howat.
From the cool cork walls and polished concrete floors, to the long, long bar and buttery leather drink menus, to the massive steel bathroom sink and exposed light bulbs, it’s like nothing else in town.
The gay bar references are crafty (the glass entrance is frosted to hip level so you can only see who’s walking in from the waist down, and there are back-lit images of Ken dolls under the bar,) but the crowd is as well mixed as the drinks.
Ask Bradley to muddle up one of his delicious fresh strawberry and mint concoctions, and sit back, sip, and wonder: why aren’t there 10 more of these places in town?
Watch this space.
1181, 1181 Davie St., 604-687-3991, www.battersbyhowat.com
June 8th, 2006
You’ve got the plane tickets, the time off, the Louis luggage and the credit, but just when you think you’ve finally pieced together your dream urban vacation, it occurs to you: what will you do when you get there?
Banish afternoons wasted in subway mazes, museum line-ups or chasing down long-since-shuttered restaurants by using the services of the new Vancouver-based concierge service www.tonictravel.com
Launched by a well-connected, young female exec who has lived and worked abroad, it puts together savvy itineraries for London, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Whistler.
Like an in-the-know girlfriend, the smart schedules are tailored to your likes and take you into the lesser known neighbourhoods, like New York’s upper West Side, where you flit from breakfast at Isabella’s bakery to shopping at Barney’s Co-Op to a gourmet picnic on the Hudson.
Now that’s better than walking aimlessly around Times Square for three hours looking for theatre tickets now, isn’t it?
View sample itineraries and read more at www.tonictravel.com
June 7th, 2006
It’s not everyday that an internationally fêted painter exhibits in Vancouver, but this month we’re in luck, as Angela Grossmann, one of the “Young Romantics” singled out in the landmark 1985 VAG show, presents “Paper Dolls.”
Grossmann’s images of young girls are made from collaged photo fragments, scraps of gingham, lace, and plaid, in combination with paint. Contemporary photographs of girls are laid over vintage music paper, and bright pink lips and oversized dresses tell a coy coming-of-age story, in works titled “Fur Collar,” “Pearls,” and “Black Bow.”
The stunning series recalls the melancholy of Modigliani’s young female portraits, with a touch of the sass behind the movie Thirteen.
It simply must be seen.
At Diane Farris Gallery through June 25, 2006. 1590 W. Seventh Ave., 604-737-2629. Preview paintings at www.dianefarrisgallery.com.
June 6th, 2006
Did you inherit mom and dad's teak dining set and bar but find your style is more French Country than mid-century modern? You poor thing, you.
But here's a fabulous way to flip it fast.
Fullhouse Furniture and Décor, a massive new consignment store off Granville Street, specializes in high quality, pre-'70s and contemporary furnishings.
The warehouse-like space is configured into mock rooms, so you can envision your living room done in 1950s wenge and chrome with modular light fixtures. Or your office, kitted out in refurbished vintage stainless steel.
There are hundreds of excellent quality items, all displayed to advantage, like 1960s teak-and-glass wall units and a massive, vintage chandelier that was once the prize possession of an Italian home.
The well-organized system bans the dorm-room look meaning no particleboard (i.e. IKEA,) no overstuffed chairs, no black lacquer, no acrylic rugs and no futons (sorry if we brought back repressed memories from college roommate hell).
But if it's well-priced, high-quality, chic decor you're after, well, you'll be right at home.
Fullhouse Furniture and Décor, 1445 Eighth Ave., 604-733-7789. For more information and consignment guidelines, visit www.fullhouseconsign.com
June 5th, 2006
Perfume says a lot about you. But if you smell like every last woman wafting through the party, well, it's not saying enough.
Time to find your signature scent.
And if it's like you, it should be rare, precious, and hard to get your hands on.
The Perfume Shoppe is a hidden treasure trove of hard to find, discontinued and classic scents.
Imagine our delight when we ordered our "La Chasse aux Papillons" (chasing butterflies) from France's L'Artisan Parfumeur ($120) online. It arrived at our doorstep in two days' time, gorgeously wrapped in pink tissue with bronze ribbon, just as it would have if we'd paid far more for it in New York and schlepped it through customs.
Now it's just you who can play hard to get.
Shop in person at the Perfume Shoppe, Sinclair Centre, 757 W. Hastings St., 877-299-8500 or online at www.theperfumeshoppe.com
June 2nd, 2006
Now that your guy is donning an oyster linen suit, Casablanca-style, where to take such a gorgeous creature for post-work cocktails when the weather gets steamy?
May we suggest Sanafir, the Arab-chic spot that opened last week on the Granville entertainment strip?
From the owners of Glowbal, Afterglow and Coast, and designed by the superlative Evoke International team, its modern concrete and glass exterior gives way to a bi-level bazaar of harem draperies and amber lanterns, with richly dressed beds for lounging and eating in on the second level.
The menu is in the form of $14 tasting trios (such as lamb: grilled, braised, and seared), but we imagine the focus will be on tippling mint-infused cocktails and strategizing on the quickest way to score a bottle of the $850 Dom Perignon Rose and heading up to bed.
Sanafir, 1026 Granville St., 604-678-1049, www.sanafir.ca
June 1st, 2006
You’ve done it again. Used up half your precious suitcase room with your Stella-McCartney-for-Adidas athletic ensembles, only to find the hotel has no gym and the weather calls for thunderstorms.
Next time, have your executive assistant (ahem) book your itinerary by consulting the fitness-friendly site.
With locations like Montreal, Toronto (and newly, Vancouver) the site will help you find running tracks, drop-in gyms, healthy restaurants and late-night yoga classes in a pinch.
But can it help you find a buff male running partner in Dallas?
Subscriptions start at $2.95 at www.athleticmindedtraveller.com