September 7th, 2013
Floating through summer in maxi dresses is fine, but come fall, bumps need a bit more support.
Starting with two maternity styles, J.Crew's newly launched collection will grow - just like expecting bellies - throughout the season to include denim and J.Crew'S classic staples.
Both the maternity Minnie Pant ($118) and Pixie Pant ($150) feature the same fit as their original, non-maternity predecessors, plus a waistline that dips at the front. Discreet and comfy elastic hip panels means both styles can be worn up to delivery, and after.
Who wears the pants? Moms, of course. —Laura Cropper
Available at www.jcrew.com
September 6th, 2013
Skip the city’s busier markets and go on a little country drive to Symons Valley Farmers Market.
Open Friday to Sundays, this little gem is tucked away in the quieter northwest part of the city. While it’s smaller than the other markets, it has all your produce basics as well as baked treats and cheese and meat vendors.
We ordered a Phil and Sebastian non-fat latte before picking up some cinnamon raisin bread from Rustic Sourdough Bakery and hard-to-find currywurst from Old Munich Sausage.
Lucky for us, calories don’t count on weekends. —Sara Samson
Symons Valley Farmers Market, 14555 Symons Valley Road, Calgary, http://www.symonsvalleyranch.com
September 5th, 2013
No need to jet to New York to take in the latest performance from the Met
Starting in October you’ll be able to enjoy Met performances broadcast live in HD at movie theatres across Canada.
The Met started the live screenings to give opera lovers the chance to take in more shows and give opera virgins a familiar place to experience it. At intermission you will get a behind-the-scenes look with live interviews with the singers, designer and director.
The Met: Live in HD 2013-2014 season will feature 10 performances, broadcast on Saturdays, starting with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on October 5.
Opera and popcorn? Sounds like our kind of night. —Sara Samson
Purchase your ticket now to choose your own seat now at www.metoperafamily.org
September 4th, 2013
Want to add an eco-friendly element to your midday meal? Here’s a few ways to achieve a litterless lunch.
We are going to reduce our reusable water bottle collection (we all have at least ten, right?) and buy one perfect bottle. The KOR Vida Hydration Vessel is just that. It’s ergonomic handle and smooth spout (they call it the “Perfect Spout™”) doesn’t make use feel like we are drinking from a tin can. And it looks so much better than the branded plastic bottle we got at our last company picnic. $23.99 from Raspberry Kids.
RuMe Reveal Reusable Baggies are an excellent way to reduce our consumption of plastic sandwich bags. They are machine washable, water resistant, and free of PVC, lead and phthalates. Fill them with nuts, fruit, or cookies (we are opting for the latter). $8 at Lavish and Lime. www.lavishandlime.com
Glasslock food storage may be heavier than stainless steel, but they are microwavable and great for freezing food, too. We all want to be those types of people who prepare healthy homemade lunches on the weekend, freeze them, and bring them to work over the next few days. Glasslock works perfectly for this. Or for bringing leftover Chinese food to the office. 6 piece set, $24.99 at Canadian Tire. www.canadiantire.ca
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 3rd, 2013
The Moto Jacket is a must-have for fall. It flatters all body types, finishes any outfit and it’s unapologetically sexy in a bad ass sort of way. Here are our top picks.
Made from soft lambskin to give a perfectly vintage vibe, this Mackage jacket is available in six colours. We like the fresh white and the exaggerated collar for the transition out of summer into the fall. $475 from www.aritiza.com
The cognac colour adds a richness to any outfit and this looks particularly put together with skinny jeans and a great pair of boot. $495 from www.anthropologie.com
The added chrome and zippers on Zara’s moto jacket gives it a bit of edge and the close fit means it can double as a blazer for those chilly offices that missed the memo to shut off the air conditioning. $119 from www.zara.ca
Two of the season’s biggest trends collide in this great piece from the Gap.This denim moto jacket is a fresh alternative to your go-to jean jacket. $89.95 from the Gap.
September 2nd, 2013
Hello, September! It’s time to give that make-up bag a fall makeover.
Forget the precise lip liner and embrace some good old smudging. Models at Derek Lam, Marni (pictured), Vera Wang, and Dior appeared with ombré lips, moving the trend from hair over to the face. The key word is “stain,” like looking through a soft focus lens. Use a cotton swab to blur the edges a bit. Editor’s Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Palais Royale’ ($25 at NARS.ca)
To the Matte
The dewy summer face has been replaced with serious matte skin. With a focus on strong lips and eyes, it’s crucial to keep the canvas simple. Take notes from Dries Van Noten (pictured), Theyskens’ Theory, and Balmain, and dust the skin all over with a matte powder for a velvety Marie Antoinette-worthy complexion. Editor’s Pick: Cargo HD Picture Perfect Pressed Powder ($34 at Beautymark)
Pretty in Punk
Punk is the buzzword of the season, especially with makeup. As seen on the runways of Roberto Cavalli (pictured), Missoni, and Kenzo, there is a big focus on the dramatic eye, the slightly messy eye. Opt for a creamy eyeshadow that will let you smudge that smoky eye to punk perfection. Add a kohl eyeliner come nighttime to up the rebellious streak. Think more Debbie Harry, as opposed to Nancy Spungen. Editor’s Pick: MAC Paint Pot in ‘Blackground’ ($24 at MAC)
Pristine fishtails and Katniss braids take a back seat to tousled bohemian plaits. As seen at Rodarte (pictured), tiny braids are woven into piecey curls for that “Grunge princess” kind of a thing that’s hot again. Use curl defining mousse to add texture to the hair before braiding begins. Remember: messy is effortless. Editor’s Pick: Oribe Curl Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse ($40 at Kiss and Makeup)
While deep reds are always a fall favourite, our eyes are not surprisingly attracted to shiny things. Metallic lacquers, seen at Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Featherston and Nicole Miller (pictured) are a welcome transition between the summer brights and winter darks. As Marc Jacobs once said: “My favourite colour is shiny.” Editor’s Pick: Maybelline Colour Show Holographic Polish in ‘Bold Gold’ ($3.99 at various drug stores)
August 31st, 2013
When a blue lunch kit comes back red and a green jacket purple, some reinforcement is needed.
Help keep things from going MIA in the cubby hole with these very handy Emily Press labels. With very affordable write-your-own sets ($9.99) and eco-friendly reuseable sets with no sticky residue ($19.99/47), you can choose from a wide variety of themes (flowers, books, owls, stars, camo, splatter paint, pennants and even - gasp! - plain) and customize with your child's name. If starting from scratch, the First Class School package includes shoe and clothing stickers, too.
This is one label we hope sticks.
Available at Raspberry Kids, www.raspberrykids.com
August 30th, 2013
The chic, industrial vibe of Vagabond Brewery is a departure from your typical brew hall— and we like it.
Conveniently located near the Saddledome, Vagabond Brewery impressed us with a wide selection of craft beer and imports, as well as its own brews like the Chuck Pilsner and the Conscription American Red.
Aside from the impressive beer list you’ll find yummy food including handmade pizzas freshly cooked in the huge pizza oven, try The Georgia with roasted peaches, prosciutto, caramelized onion and blue cheese. And for nights when calories don’t matter, get to know the Crab Mac, with dungeness crab meat, radiatore, béchamel and white cheddar cheese.
This is our kind of beer joint. —Sara Samson
1129 Olympic Way S.E., Calgary, 403-474-0699, vagabondbeerworks.com
August 29th, 2013
Locals like to call it the capital of Scandinavia, and they are probably right. Here’s what to do and see in Stockholm.
There’s a reason why royalty and politicians all stay in the Grand Hôtel when visiting Stockholm, and that’s because it is old-school, European grand. Boasting three of the city’s eight Michelin stars (a two star and a one star), the hotel’s food and beverage is unbeatable. Did we mention a great bar, too? The Cadier Bar is known for its high tea as well as being a great place for cocktails. Plus we lucked out and spotted a hot Swede: retired footballer Freddie Ljungberg was in the bar, and we are pretty sure he was winking at us. Grand Hôtel Stockholm, rooms start at 1700SEK a night. Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 111 48 Stockholm, +46 8 679 35 00, www.grandhotel.se
Another reason not to leave the Grand Hôtel, its Nordic Spa (also known as Best. Spa. Ever.). Featuring a series of pools, steam rooms, and saunas made from Nordic wood and stone, the spa focuses on the Scandinavian traditions of hot and cold. Sit in an 80 degree sauna and then take a dip into a freezing cold pool. If you’re feeling flush, we recommend the Arctic Detox massage (2390SEK) but even without a treatment, this place will make sure you leave relaxed but stressing about when you’ll be able to come back. Nordic Spa, Grand Hôtel Stockholm, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 111 48 Stockholm, +46 8 679 35 75, www.grandhotel.se/en/explore/spa
Åhléns is Sweden’s major department store, and even the small town locations are enviably cool. Its central Stockholm location, Åhléns City, is their flagship where you can expect to find some of the best Scandinavian fashion and homewares. And yes, we know you can’t take glassware or sofas back in your suitcase, but you can browse and dream of what your apartment might look like if you lived closer by. Åhléns City, Klarabergsgatan 50, 101 29 Stockholm, +46 8 676 60 00, www.ahlens.se
eat and drink
We love the Soder neighbourhood (it means South) for its cool bars, restaurants, and shops, and one of our favourite hang outs was Morfar Ginko. Featuring a trendy bar area, a European restaurant (eat steak frites or classic Swedish hash browns) and an outdoor patio where you can actually smoke (there are some people who still do it in Europe), this is a great start to the evening, or a place to spend the whole night. Morfar Ginko, Swedenborgsgatan 13 11848 Stockholm, +46 8 641 13 40, www.morfarginko.se
While everyone has been raving about the new Abba Museum, we tried an alternative and opted for Fotografiska, Stockholm’s photography museum. While the Helmut Newton exhibition we saw might be over by the time you get there (it ends September 29th) the David LaChapelle show from November to March should be really good. After the exhibition, have a fika (a Swedish coffee break) on their outdoor patio with a view of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town island. Fotografiska, Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, +46 8 50 900 500, http://fotografiska.eu
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
August 28th, 2013
Searching for a new read? Herewith, 8 of our favourite page turners for long weekend downtime.
Sarah Bancroft, Editor-in-chief
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
What's not to love about 1930s Manhattan with its Jazz Clubs, grande dame hotels, cigarettes and cocktails. That's why they call it the good old days. First time novelist Towles draws a compelling and entertaining portrait of youth, hi jinx and serendipity surrounding his witty heroine Katey who lands a dream job at Condé Nast. For a period piece, the themes are utterly modern. Love, lust, social climbing and ultimately, fate. $13.99 at Amazon.ca
Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, Fashion Editor
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I usually read books on my Kindle but I bought this at the last minute in an airport, because the cover looked pretty. Luckily, the story was good too, spanning decades and featuring a remote island, a mysteriously ill actress, an Italian inn-keeper, and Richard Burton. $14.43 at Amazon.ca
Sara Samson, Calgary Editor
The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner
This memoir by a trio of 20-something New Yorkers chronicles their decision to quit their demanding jobs and travel the world (think Eat, Pray, Love, but from a younger perspective). A must-read for travelers and those looking to develop a serious case of wanderlust. $12.99 at Amazon.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing Editor
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life explores the life (or rather, lives) of Ursula, who is born over and over again - each time her circumstances are altered, with far-reaching consequences. The quietest and most convincing heroine we've come across in ages, be prepared for some very late nights with the reading light on. $14.97 at Amazon.ca
Kat Tancock, Toronto Contributor
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
This long weekend I'm curling up with the long-awaited MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, the third in the trilogy that started with Oryx & Crake. Atwood's dystopias are chilling because they come so close to reality, but that's what makes them all the more important to read. $16.47 at Amazon.ca
Julie Whelan, Toronto Contributor
Just Kids (Audio) by Patti Smith
At just under ten hours, listening to Patti Smith read her memoir is no small commitment but there is something amazing about hearing her voice as she describes coming to New York, embracing music and meeting and loving the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The wild cast of characters includes Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgewick, Sam Shepard and the Hotel Chelsea of course. At www.audible.com
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The film version of of Adichie's last novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is set to screen at TIFF but this weekend I'll be picking up her latest novel, Americanah, an epic love story that follows its characters from Nigeria to the UK and the States. $18.77 Amazon.ca
Marianne Wisenthal, Toronto Contributor
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is a rare blend of whodunnit suspense, relatable characters and snappy writing. Warning: Best not read after a fight with your husband! $14.97 at Amazon.ca