May 28th, 2010
Your kid's wardrobe runs the gamet from the practical (grey hoodie) to the ridiculous (remember when she would only leave the house in her Halloween costume for a month?).
Soft, a funky line of cotton clothing developed for children with sensitive skin, is as cool as it is comfortable. Tagless, zipperless and flat seamed, pieces are finished with eco-friendly enzyme washing to give them that soft, worn-in feeling. For a tongue-in-cheek dress-up session go for the unisex Tie Print tee (US$16, pictured).
And to answer your question, yes, an adult line is coming soon.
May 27th, 2010
Summertime and the livin’ is easy so we asked Medeana Moussa, owner of the boutique Naked, how to build the perfect uniform for the warm days ahead.
1. Start with the Twiggy denim by James Jeans ($265). They’re ankle length and will show off a cute pair of sandals and the colour is light enough for summer but will take you into fall.
2. Pair them with a lightweight scoop T-shirt by Vancouver’s Tana and Bee ($72) and keep a lightweight scarf like this one by Sandwich ($38) handy for cool nights.
3. Finish off the look with a statement bracelet by Gillian Julius (from $285).
4. Bring on summer.
Naked, 1510 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-229-3013, www.dressonpurpose.ca
May 26th, 2010
With a name like Royal Wood, it’s only fitting to be destined for great things.
But this Canadian singer/songwriter also has fierce musical chops. Opening up for David Gray on his Canadian tour recently, Wood nearly upstaged the British/Welsh singer with his witty banter and sing-along tunes. Named iTunes’ Songwriter of the Year, he’s also toured with Serena Ryder and Sarah Slean and just released his new album The Waiting which includes the catchy first single “On Top of Your Love.”
Can we be the bottom?
Listen to Wood here; The Waiting, $9.99 at iTunes.
May 25th, 2010
Completing Calgary’s holy trinity of boutique shopping destinations, the newest addition to the Purr family just made its downtown debut.
The spacious new Scotia Centre has a modern loft feel with stark walls, woodsy wallpaper, industrial lighting and turquoise accents. There’s plenty of cute dresses by BB Dakota and C’est Moi but office-appropriate attire is also thrown into the mix. A central area devoted to accessories means it’s easy to complete the look.
Purr, 260-225 Seventh Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-7587.
May 21st, 2010
A staple in the roots music scene for nearly a decade, the Ironwood Stage and Grill has moved to the historic Garry Theatre.
In the evening, go for the music (the venue hosts 400 live music shows a year) but during the day, pop in for lunch, or dinner. The Ironwood Salad ($15, pictured) is a musical medley of veggies while the Big Bowl of Chili ($13) will keep you satiated until the evening’s show. And don’t miss the bi-monthly Big Band Brunch with a 20-piece ensemble (from $15, alternating Saturdays).
The show goes on.
Ironwood Stage and Grill, 1229 Ninth Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-269-5581, www.ironwoodstage.ca
May 21st, 2010
Who wears the pants in your family?
Why baby, of course.
So they may as well be cute and organic, like the new range of baby bloomers from Vancouver’s Playpants.
Now that’s a bum wrap.
Shop online at www.playpants.ca
May 20th, 2010
Whether the city kicked you to the curb or welcomed you with open arms, everyone has a memory of their inaugural visit to the Big Apple.
In My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City (As Remembered by Actors, Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Comedians, Filmmakers, Mayors, Models, Moguls, Porn Stars, Rockers, Writers, and Others) ($19.85), 56 contributors share sometimes humorous, sometimes serious but always candid accounts of coming to New York for the first time. The collection started out as a magazine feature for New York but soon outgrew the mag’s pages. Arranged chronologically, starting from the 1933 arrival of David Dinkins, a former mayor, to last year’s move by an aspiring actress, the contributors also include Danny DeVito, Nora Ephron, Lorne Michaels and Rufus Wainwright.
Now cue Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
May 19th, 2010
The September Issue: check.
Lagerfeld Confidential: check.
Valentino: The Last Emperor: check.
You’re on top of the latest slew of fashion films but if you’re in need of a flick fix, rewind a few years at Bird Dog Video. The independent shop has a fabulous collection of fashion films that will take you back to the days of (real) supermodels and old Hollywood glamour.
Before Coco Avant Chanel, there was Chanel Chanel, a documentary about the legendary designer with archival film footage and interviews with friends and colleagues. If not for the satirical portrayal of fashion, see Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter for its star-studded cast including Sophia Loren, Lauren Becall and Marcello Mastroianni. Revisit Cindy, Naomi and Linda in all their glory and fall in love with Isaac Mizrahi in Unzipped. You’ll also find lesser-known movies such as Tokyo Streets, an exploration of urban fashion trends in Japan and Frames from the Edge, the Helmut Newton documentary.
Bird Dog Video, 1333 16th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-398-2283, www.birddogvideo.ca
May 18th, 2010
Long loose waves are hot: cowlicks are not.
If you’re naturally endowed with the wave and have a fringe up front, it’s a hazard of the 'do. So when we came across a collection of mini flat irons, we couldn’t resist their functionality, or cuteness. Less than 15 cm long, the petite straighteners are ideal for shorter styles, or for smoothing just the bangs à la Jane Birkin. The convenient size also makes them ideal for traveling and quick touch-ups after a day on the beach.
Susie Wall Tip: Use them to press the fly of your jeans in a pinch!
$19.99 from a selection at Winners.
May 17th, 2010
We’ve always dreamed of donning a tutu and pirouetting across a stage, but at this point of our life dance, we’ll settle for watching the masters onscreen.
Veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman offers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous parts of a ballet: costume design, choreography sessions and the performances mixed with the not-so-glamorous logistics of running an arts organization. It’s a lengthy flick but the breathtaking dancers, not to mention shots of Paris and Le Palais Garnier, make this movie a must-see on the big screen.
Final screening tonight at 6:50 p.m. at The Plaza, 1133 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, 403-283-3636, www.theplaza.ca