July 27th, 2010
We love French cookware company Le Creuset because its cast iron wares are indestructible and oh-so-pretty.
It boasts over 70 cool colours like Elysee yellow, Cherry red and its just-launched Cassis, a regal shade of purple that’s right on point with fall fashion. Collect the entire enameled set including the Round French Oven (from $255) and Iron Handle Skillet ($175), or mix and match with classic hues like Kiwi or Dijon.
Now our kitchen will be aflame with colour (as opposed to actual flames, we hope).
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July 26th, 2010
We love our collection of glosses, balms and blushes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t heart it when our makeup does double duty.
The new Instant Blush Magic Colour ($28) by Clarins is made for the cheeks but can also be used on the lips to enhance their natural hue.
The pale pink, glossy texture goes on clear and is activated by the skin’s acidity and heat, adjusting to your skin tone. The result is an instant natural-looking rosy glow and a light pink lip.
July 23rd, 2010
A dimly lit lounge with an underground-club feel isn’t a novel concept, but throw in a trio of industry veterans, a weekly lineup of well-known DJs, and a menu of Japanese cuisine, and you’ve got a toast-worthy plan.
Located in the downstairs of the Devenish building, Concept Bar and Lounge is the newest incarnation of the historic space with its exposed brick walls, dark wood accents and long bar.
Stop-in for a post-work drink and sushi (provided by adjoining restaurant Fujiyama) and stay for the monthly art show by Calgary artists (a canvas of a gun-toting Kate Moss is currently up) and DJ Rice’s Thursday night set.
We’re full of bright ideas.
Concept Bar and Lounge, 908 17th Ave. SW, Lower Level, Calgary, 403-228-1006, www.conceptlounge.ca
July 23rd, 2010
July 22nd, 2010
Summer in the city and you have the landlocked blues?
Grab the bikini and head to the newly renovated poolside patio at Hotel Arts. Nosh on a crab and mango roll ($12) and sip a mojito before taking a dip in the inviting glass-tile pool.
Although there’s no charge for using the pool, a minimum food and beverage cost does apply depending on the day and time.
The pool is a popular spot for private functions so check here for closures before heading out.
Cannonballs! (Just kidding.)
Hotel Arts, 119 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-4611, www.hotelarts.ca
July 21st, 2010
Although they’re a self-proclaimed rock and roll band, Ghostkeeper’s sound is also haunted by a number of other genres including experimental blues, country, folk, pop and the dreaded indie.
Spearheaded by songwriter and frontman Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle (vocals and drums), who both hail from Northern Alberta, the Calgary-based quintet also includes bassist Scott Munro, and two multi-instrumentalists.
Their self-titled sophomore album speaks to the Métis way of life and fittingly, of ghosts of loved ones who have passed.
July 20th, 2010
Even the most level-headed Miss can turn into Bridezilla when everything isn't just so for the big day.
Whether you’ve envisioned the perfect pair of earrings down to the last detail or want a bespoke piece of bling that plays off your wedding colours, head to Bibelot.
Located in Fashion Central, the small boutique carries ready-to wear jewellery that can be adjusted to your liking, or the owner will create the perfect fascinator or one-of-a-kind silk pashmina (from $70), all within your budget.
On your big day, you shouldn’t sweat the sparkly stuff.
Bibelot, Suite 6, 805 First St. SW, Calgary, 403-233-0005, www.bibelot.ca
July 19th, 2010
When the mercury rises, your wardrobe turns into a regular rotation of tanks and cutoffs. In favour of staying cool, your lady-like elegance begins to melt away.
Add a spritz of Donna Karan’s new fragrance Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude ($92) to your wrist and you’ll instantly feel a surge of her signature sophistication.
A reinterpretation of Karan’s 1994 classic, Cashmere Mist, Liquid Nude is a sensual scent that’s still soft enough for summer with hints of sandalwood, orange and lily.
The limited edition bottle is based on the original design, inspired by the lines of a woman’s back and created by Karan’s late husband, sculptor Stephan Weiss.
We’re born again nudists.
At Holt Renfrew, 510 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-269-7341, www.holtrenfrew.com
July 16th, 2010
We’re no strangers to eating breakfast like kings (or should we say queens) but with Dairy Lane’s new evening hours, eating dinner like a pauper is impossible.
Now open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., the beloved breakfast haunt has introduced a burger and wine menu. Start off with the Local Sharing Plate (market price) that includes a selection of cheeses, meats, pickles and condiments, all from Calgary-area farmers and suppliers.
The Pesto and Gruyere Veggie Burger ($14) is grilled to perfection with basil pesto and Sylvan Star Gruyère while the Peppered Pork Burger ($15) is made from locally raised spiced ground pork, topped with banana peppers, Sylvan Star Peppered Gouda and sweet pepper mayo. Pair it with a glass of Cedar Creek Pinot Gris or one of the many other Canadian wines.
And if you can’t stray from your brekkie fave, the breakfast menu is also available at night.
Dairy Lane, 319 19th St. NW, Calgary, 403-283-2497, www.dairylanecafe.ca
July 16th, 2010
An online store becomes a bricks-and-mortar shop? Now that's as backwards as a Dr. Seuss book.
But it's true: Ashley York the website is now Ashley York the store, new to The Pier on Bowen Island B.C. The best selling clothes and accessories are made by moms, such as the rough-edged denim "guy ties" ($19). We loved the albino sock monkeys, baby balls made from vintage fabrics and the polka dot Australian splat mats for under the highchair.
Not goin' to Bowen? There's even more available online.
Ashley York, The Pier at Bowen Island, 604-947-2200, www.shopashleyyork.com