March 18th, 2013
The first Babor Beauty Spa is now open in Mission just minutes from the Elbow River.
Bringing European luxury straight to the face, for over 50 years Babor has been known as an innovative and results-achieving skin care line. Treat yourself to a 60 minute High Skin Refiner Lifting Facial to tone and lift; the beautiful and creamy products will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
And if we dare say so, a decade younger. —Kait Kucy
Babor Beauty Spa, 25, 2500 4 Street SW, Calgary, 403-474-7213, www.baborbeautyspacalgary.com
March 15th, 2013
Weekly pub night is making a comeback thanks to the new Roosevelt Food & Drinks.
Brought to you by the same folks at 80th & Ivy down the street, this updated space brings a bit of sophistication to your night out. Its Spanish Ham pizza topped with arugala and pecorino ($15) is a great dish to split with your date. Pair that with the Pin-up Girl cocktail ($12) or one of their yummy nutella milkshakes ($7).
Did someone say mini donuts for dessert? Yes, we did! —Kait Kucy
Roosevelt Food & Drinks, 933 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-719-9330, www.rooseveltcalgary.com
March 15th, 2013
Zara.com's Canadian launch sure had the bloggers buzzing, but what got us chirping was the cool kids selection.
With spring just around the corner (and last year's tops showing a bit too much belly), we're determined to ease the morning tutu struggle with pieces that look look as good on a 3-year-old as they would on her mother.
Stocked with a wearable selection of on-trend but not-too-precious clothes, this Vertical Stripe Dress ($45.90) and the navy Bermuda shorts ($35.90) are the perfect touch of Gallic for our 7-year-old, while the 3-year-old will be splish-splashing around in this striped suit ($17.90) that just screams "French Riviera!"
Ordering was easy, delivery was fast and free - now if only registering for pre-school were so easy….
March 14th, 2013
What better way to show your Celtic pride than with a bit of green, the official Pantone colour of the year.
We'll be writing down our deep, dark secrets (aka laser hair removal appointments) in this Moleskine notebook: $17 at Chapters.ca
This Newberry Flat from Splendid is technically clover, but with a shoe this pretty, let's not split hues. $98 at Splendid.com
But we won't mind a few chilly spring days… it will give us an excuse to wear this smart J. Crew wool-blend coat. $325 at Net-a-Porter.com
This Want Less Essentiels De La Vie tote is green in more ways than one - it's made with organic cotton. $175 at Ssense.com
And a set of chic diamond cluster and emerald earrings from Birks will have us doing a happy jig. $8,800 at Birks.ca
That'll make 'em Pantone 17-5641 with envy.
March 13th, 2013
Canadian contemporary art has found a state-of-the-art new home.
Challenging minds and provoking cultural conversation, the Esker Foundation is a non-profit gallery featuring innovative and exciting temporary exhibitions. An ever-changing landscape of mixed media works, workshops and tours, the Esker is an ideal spot to rekindle creativity and inspiration. The key to visiting? Being open to discovering new and often experimental Canadian artists.
We're feeling art smart already. —Kait Kucy
Esker Foundation, 1011 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-930-2490, www.eskerfoundation.com
March 11th, 2013
While our skin has been getting the benefits of rich BB crème, our dry ends have been calling out in jealous envy.
Pantene's newly launched Ultimate 10 BB Crème ($7.99) is a bona fide hair care regimen in a bottle. Designed to be used in either wet or dry locks, this luxe cream smooths and transforms them into shiny, heat protected and frizz-free tresses.
We're officially having a hair affair. —Kait Kucy
$7.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart.
March 9th, 2013
Toddlers love to “help," and we don’t have the heart to tell them that throwing the laundry across the room isn’t “putting it away.”
But when they want to assist with cooking, things can get tricky. Balancing on a stepping stool while reaching across for a knife usually ends in a tumble. That’s why we splurged on a Learning Tower, which can be best described as a scaffolding for your toddler. This sturdy structure sits flat against the counters, and allows your little ones to participate in the cooking without the risk of falling over. They are contained, high up, and out of harm's way.
More "helping" and hopefully, less handprints on the fridge. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
The Learning Tower, US$199.99 from www.littlepartners.com
March 8th, 2013
The masterminds behind Hotel Arts and the Kensington Riverside Inn are bringing bistro dining to Beltline.
At Yellow Door Bistro, Executive Chef Duncan Ly matches classic dishes with inspired and unique ingredients, like the standout comfort food meal of Noble Farms Duck Cassoulet with sous vide duck breast, pork belly and confit leg. Hearty and incredibly flavourful, this is one dinner that will leave you very satisfied .
And conveniently, if you are tuckered out after supper, plan to crash at Hotel Arts for little night away from home. —Kait Kucy
Yellow Door Bistro, 119 12th Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-266-4611
March 7th, 2013
We may be high flyers, but we certainly aren't high maintenance. Well, until we're stuck in a hotel room without a blow dryer.
The Hyatt Regency Calgary has turned a highly attuned ear to its female guests who are constantly looking for new ways to travel with more ease and comfort. With its Hyatt Has It service you can pick up anything from a curling iron to a yoga mat to a phone charger at absolute ease. Say goodbye to hauling your straightening iron in your carry-on.
This almost sounds better than the luxuries of home. Staycation, anyone? —Kait Kucy
Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Center St. SE, Calgary, 1-800-233-1234, www.calgaryhyatt.com
March 6th, 2013
After a long, cold (and snowy) winter), I’m looking forward to spring’s bold, bright statement looks. Here are five of my favourites:
1. Pattern mixing
I’m so inspired by the new pattern mixing – dots with florals, toss in some stripes and throw it all in a mixer! I first saw the concept on the streets in Paris at Fashion Week. The street style stars who inspire me – Joanna Hillman, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Elizabeth Cabral – mix pattern scale and colour with chic abandon. (Pictured L: Top, Marc by Marc Jacobs, skirt by Peter Pilotto. R: Top by Fendi, skirt by Zero Maria Cornejo)
2. Bold stripes
I know that most of are told to never ever wear wide stripes but I love how unexpected they look. I’ll be trying the trend on for size in full trousers with a cropped leather jacket.
(Pictured: Michael Michael Kors striped cotton tank dress.)
3. Flapper dress
Twenties fashion is back with a splash thanks to shows like Downton Abbey and the upcoming film, The Great Gatsby. I love the simplicity of the silhouette but the intricacy of the embellishment. (Pictured: Pearl earrings by Anzie, Dress by RED Valentino, purse by Jimmo Choo, drop earrings by Alexis Bittar)
4. Single sole pump
I’ve never seen the need for a simple black pump – the crazier the shoe the better for me – until now. A dead simple black leather or suede pointy toe pump looks super chic. All of the girls around Holts office are wearing them now with sleek trousers and pencil skirts. (Pictured: Manolo Blahnik)
5. Cropped trousers
Perhaps my favourite trend of the season – and one look that I’ll reach for constantly – is a pair of slim trousers cropped above the ankle. To be honest, it has nothing to do with the figure flattering cut (although it helps) – it’s because the hemline will show off my absolute favourite thing in the world – amazing shoes! (Pictured:3.1 Philip Lim trousers)