November 4th, 2013
Coffee, tea, red wine - they all add a little extra something to our lives but they also add a little something extra to our teeth: Stains.
And with the year’s busiest social season upon us, that’s not the accessory we had in mind.
Just 5 minutes a day with Tanda Pearl Teeth Whitening System restores those teeth to their pearly white glory. And it's much gentler than other drugstore brands and won’t cause teeth sensitivity.
Smile like you mean it. —Sara Samson
$195 at Hudson’s Bay, www.thebay.com
November 2nd, 2013
Sure getting them down for a nap can be hard, but keeping them asleep in a house that people actually move around in? That sometimes seems impossible.
And no matter how gingerly we try to do it, closing doors seems to cause too much of a ruckus. That's why we're smitten with the ingenious Latchy Catchy, a handy device that slips over any door's latch, making for silent shutting. We love the multitude of patterns and colours (like the mint arrows for a gender-neutral nursery and the Dr. Seuss for older kids) that will discreetly blend in with any style of decor.
And while the kids are counting sheep, you can freely move between rooms. May we suggest the bedroom for an afternoon nap?
$10.67 on VitaminDaily's Etsy.ca page.
November 1st, 2013
If you love Bonterra and Cibo, you’ll want to try Posto Pizzeria and Bar, the newest addition to this family of Italian-inspired restaurants.
Chef Ben Mills has created pizzas and entrees that had us planning our next visit before we even settled the bill. Try the potato pizza, a delicious combination of potatoes, crème fraiche, leeks and pancetta baked on top of Cibo’s signature pizza crust. Or, dive into the squid ink ravioli. End your meal with the pistachio encrusted cannoli for another “It’s sooo good” gasp.
Oh, and don’t forget the wine. Choose from one of Posto’s 10 reds or 10 whites or ask for next-door neighbour Bonterra’s wine list — they’ll be happy to bring it over.
Now that’s family spirit. —Laura Lushington
1014 8 St. SW, Calgary, 403-263-4876, www.posto.ca
October 31st, 2013
We admit: when it comes to scary movies, we're a little on the wimpy side. These Halloween picks are definitely more silly than scary - but at least we'll sleep soundly tonight.
Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play sisters who inherit a magic touch and must fight off a curse that dooms every suitor to certain death. They also drink margaritas at midnight, which is just the sort of witchy behaviour we love. Find it on iTunes.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler are amazing together in this very funny Halloween movie. I would always try to re-create Bette Middler's witchy lipstick and had a major crush on Max Dennison. Find it on iTunes.
We are always so impressed when someone pulls off this costume - walking around with shear fingers can't be easy. Of course a Tim Burton film would make its way onto this list; he is the master of quirky if unconventional tales that toe the line between reality and fantasy. Another reason to see it: vintage Johnny and Winona! Find it on iTunes.
And two absolutely terrifying picks, because it is Halloween:
A secluded cabin, a knock on the door late at night. Scary enough to make you have nightmares for weeks. You've been warned. Find it on iTunes.
This will take a few minutes to find and require some creative downloading, but Juliette and Lewis and William Hurt star in this creepy movie about a young woman who rents an apartment, only to be terrorized by her neighbour on the 4th floor.
October 30th, 2013
Canadian writer Alice Munro has said, Dear Life, her most recent collection of short stories, will be her last.
If you haven’t yet discovered any of Munroe’s 13 other beautiful books, her last is a good place to start. The newly awarded Nobel Prize winner for literature is best known for short fiction works that explore the lives of girls and women from small towns in southern Ontario and Canada. Dear Life follows this pattern and paints vivid pictures of the complexities and extraordinary experiences of ordinary life.
Life, it’s a beautiful thing. —Sara Samson
$11 at Amazon.ca
October 29th, 2013
As Canadians ,we are programmed to modestly show off our Canadian pride - and Hudson’s Bay gives us a chic way to do it with their iconic stripes.
What started as a blanket (and cabin staple) has turned into sweaters, kids and baby clothes, housewares and more. The Bay has also teamed up with Pendleton to create a beautiful collection of coats, but we are especially loving the lo-top and hi-top sneakers created through an exclusive partnership with Converse and Jack Purcell.
Oh, Canada. —Sara Samson
October 28th, 2013
Fittingly, Cake's line of tempting beauty products was created by Canadian Heather Reier in her family kitchen.
She whipped up body washes, scrubs and body butters with luxurious, thick textures reminiscent of baking ingredients and with scents like coconut, vanilla, orange and lemon. We love the dry shampoo ($22) because it comes in shades for darker and lighter hair so darker hair girls won’t get the dreaded white streaks.
Batter up. —Sara Samson
Available at Murale or online at www.cakebeauty.com
October 26th, 2013
Halloween is only five days away, the kids have no costumes, and the only thing left in the stores are those unoriginal one-piece outfits that have no character. So we searched the web to find some fun, cool, and original costumes we can make with a minimum of materials and time.
This has got to be the easiest, best Halloween costume we’ve seen in a while. All you need is pins, purple balloons, and a black outfit. Details at Costume Works.
Combine Halloween costume projects with grocery shopping: pick up a laundry basket and use an empty bottle of stain remover spray to fashion this clean little outfit. Scroll down to number 9 on Inventor Spot.
Overalls, spray paint, and white baseball caps make up the bulk of the supplies needed to dress your kid’s into Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi. You can also reminisce by telling them stories about back in the day when people actually played Super Mario Bros. version 1. From Maker Mama.
The cutest of our costume picks, this outfit can be put together with basic baby clothes and a pair of socks. If you are feeling brave, you can make a boombox, too, but we might just try and find an old radio to use an accessory. Find details at Homemade by Jill.
This might be the most complicated of our costume pics, but Martha Stewart always likes to make us work hard when we are crafting. This actually requires a glue gun and a few other supplies you might not be able to find at the local gas station, but we are pretty sure this can easily be thrown together in half a day. Instructions at Martha Stewart.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
October 25th, 2013
This popular all-day breakfast spot has found a second home
From its new Ramsay location Red’s Diner use farm-fresh ingredients to serve up our favourite comfort food. The ever-popular all-day breakfast spot has the same favourites as its 4 Street counterpart, like smoked salmon eggs Benedict and hazelnut crepes. Or stop by for lunch or dinner and sample a Caprese salad or a Sirloin burger and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
The most important meal of the day, any time of the day. —Sara Samson
1101 8 St. SE, Calgary, 587-353-1188, www.redsdiner.com
October 24th, 2013
Business travel has its challenges: red eyes, missed connections, pretzel dinners—and that’s before we even get to the airport.
Since we know Donald Trump is all business (and in anticipation of the 2016 opening of Vancouver’s Trump Tower) we spent a few nights at Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower. Here are 5 things that made our stay:
1. Flying in late on a Sunday night, our presentations for Monday’s meetings were printed (free of charge) and waiting in an envelope upon check in.
2. Our suite was so comfortable and large at 750 square feet, we hosted drinks in the plush grey-and-cream seating area (pictured), complete with European wet bar and Nespresso. In the fanciest suites (we hear) the furnishings come from Fendi.
3. Travelling with workout gear takes up precious space, but the gym arranges for sweats and shoes in your size and loans them free of charge. The infinity saltwater lap pool is highly recommended to wake you up for the day.
4. Lunch at Stock on the 31st floor was one of the most memorable we have had in Toronto’s business district in some time – very fish-forward, with excellent vegetable preparations (but also the classics like steak-frites or prawn caesar for business travel purists). Newly appointed: an in-house Master Sommelier.
5. With a 6 a.m. departure, what a relief to find a clean and warm town car at the ready (discretely arranged by the hotel after learning of my early check out).
We’ll be back!—Sarah Bancroft
Rooms from $595. Trump International Hotel and Tower, 325 Bay St., Toronto, 416-306-5800, www.trumptoronto.com