June 18th, 2010
Girls just wanna have fun, but when their gym kit makes them look like Little Miss Sunshine, you can bet they won't be turning cartwheels.
There's no sitting on the sidelines with Lilikiks, a Vancouver-based girls activewear line that has just launched its online store.
With on-trend colours, super-soft fabrics, and high-end technical detailing, styles like these will take them from tennis to track and back again.
She shoots, she scores!
Shop by sport or by style at their new e-store.
June 17th, 2010
Famous for its supermodels and soccer players, there’s another duo Brazil does well: shoes and handbags.
The South American city’s well-known retailer Carmen Steffens has finally graced us with its first Canadian store. We’ve got our eyes on the handcrafted wedge sandals, python flats and peep-toe pumps. But first up, the woven “Nicole Tote” ($499, pictured) that would go oh-so well with Joseph Altuzarra’s spring basket weave apron dress.
Just another pair made in fashion heaven.
Carmen Steffens, Fashion Central, 803 First St. SW, Calgary, www.carmensteffens.com
June 16th, 2010
Inspired by early jazz, the silent film era, and surreal art, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks newest show WiseApple is an ode to the early 1900s.
Experimenting with over-the-top movements of silent film actors, The DJD dancers, clad in flapper attire and long overcoats, perform alongside a live band, creating a Cotton Club feel. There’s a charming tribute to the great Charlie Chaplin, a Dalí-esque lion head that’s passed around and a brilliant interpretation of the classic flickering movements of early film.
WiseApple runs until June 20th at Max Bell Theatre, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets (from $27) call 403-245-3533, www.decidedlyjazz.com
June 15th, 2010
Papa might preach, but he usually knows best. Herewith, Vitamin Daily Calgary’s Top 5 treats (from $20 to splurge).
If he knows every line to Anchorman, The Big Lebowski and all three of The Godfather films, let him sport it proudly with a classic movie T-shirt, $19.50. Beware: upon receiving the gift, he’ll probably start reciting all of Don Vito Corleone’s lines. At Old Navy, www.oldnavy.ca
Boys will be boys, even when they become dads. Let him get in on the FIFA World Cup action with a Fair Trade Sports soccer ball, $30. If he’s more Kobe than Cristiano, there are also basketballs and volleyballs. At Ten Thousand Villages, 220 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, 403-270-0631, www.tenthousandvillages.ca
It’s still the Year of the Tiger but when it comes to golf, it’s all about Phil. Get Dad on the Mickelson wagon with the Odyssey White Ice #9 putter (the same one the 2010 Masters champ uses). $150 at Golftown, www.golftown.com
He’ll be the coolest dad on the lake this summer in a pair of Ransom by Adidas Originals boat shoes. The refined classic summer shoe comes in black or brown, $140. At Henry, 2115 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-209-5030, www.thinkhenry.com
For the master of the grill, the Broil King’s Porta-Chef S ($159) gives Dad the freedom to grill on the go. The legs snap up for compact storage and easy transportation. At Barbecues Galore, 3505 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, 403-250-1558 and 5875 Ninth St. SE, Calgary, 403-258-4440, www.barbecuesgalore.ca
June 14th, 2010
Smoky eyes are sexy; raccoon rings are not.
Splash Proof Sealer/Base ($6.99) by LASplash Cosmetics is a secret weapon against shadow smudge and clumps in the crease of your eyelid. Apply a light coat of the base on your lid from lash to eyebrow bone and then brush on eyeshadow while the sealer is still moist.
Shadow stays, and you can play.
June 11th, 2010
We can’t always count on Mother Nature for a heat wave but at least the inaugural Calgary Latin Wave: A Showcase of New Latin American Cinema is sure to spice things up.
The three-day festival starts tonight and includes the Argentinian comedy El Nido Vacio (Empty Nest) about the challenges of a long-term relationship and Oscar-winning crime drama El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) directed by Juan José Campanella, who has spent the last handful of years directing episodes of Law and Order, House and 30 Rock.
June 11-13 at the Uptown Stage and Screen, 612 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-265-0120, www.calgarylatinwave.com
June 11th, 2010
With all the one-liners your kid spouts, sometimes you feel like you have a little Letterman on your hands.
Immortalize their best observations with My Quotable Kid, a journal to help you keep track of who said what, and when. So next time little Tommy decides to tell everyone at the dinner table, "Mommy said Daddy came home late last night and has a headache from drinking too much apple juice," you can take note.
Er, maybe leave that one out of the book.
My Quotable Kid: A Parents' Journal of Unforgettable Quotes, $15 at Amazon.ca
June 10th, 2010
Christy Turlington practises Kundalini; pre-Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth and Madonna were all about Ashtanga; and Ricky Martin hails Hatha.
Still looking for the best style and studio to practise your asanas? Keep seeking the Om with the Passport to Prana. Newly launched in Calgary, the $20 swipe card lets you try one yoga class at over a dozen studios in the city. If you’re new to town or just want to check out a different space or style, the card is valid until next year and includes studios in every quadrant (even Okotoks).
Because you should always shop around, especially when it comes to inner peace.
June 9th, 2010
Model, mother and wife of White Stripe Jack, ethereal redhead Karen Elson has added singer/songwriter to her repertoire.
Her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, is a mix of country, blues, ballad, folk and a bit of rock and roll that together makes a lovely collection of summer night tunes. Her husband produced the album, and played drums.
Not to mention she recently bumped out Angelina Jolie as the new face of St. John's. Is there anything this lady can't do?
$9.99 at iTunes.
June 8th, 2010
Old-school memory games had us pairing ladybugs, flowers and fruit. Oh how things change.
Street Style Memory Game includes 25 face and shoulder shots and 25 body shots of fabulously fashionable young things snapped on Amsterdam streets by Flemish photographer Barbara Iweins. Challenge your fashionista pals to a game of match the shorts-clad tanned legs with the beautiful face they belong to. Or better yet, get the kids schooled early in street-style smarts and they’ll be ready for The Sartorialist’s lens in no time.
€12 at www.bispublishers.nl