Toronto - FASHION & SHOPPING
December 5th, 2013
The only thing that feels better than giving a great gift is knowing that proceeds from the purchase are helping others, too. Herewith a selection of gifts (all under $40) that will make you the hero of the gift exchange.
A designer mug? Yes, please! This collaboration between Keurig and Pink Tartan’s Kimberley Newport-Mimran ($19.99) is as chic as can be and all profits go to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. At Keurig.ca
The rich cocoa butter formula deeply moisturizes and 100% of the purchase price of Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion ($22.95) goes to support charities around the world. Hello, perfect stocking stuffer! At Lush.ca
We’re pretty much obsessed with mercury glass, so we’re buying Pottery Barn’s Candle Pot ($29.50) and Votive Set ($19.50) in multiples. Hey – we’ve been good. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to children’s hospital charities. At PotteryBarn.com
Almost everyone has a need for a reusable water bottle – but not many help to build wells. This 500ml glass water bottle ($29) from Obakki features a silicone sleeve and 100 per cent of proceeds go to drill water wells in South Sudan. Drink up! At Obakki.com
You've been wearing your heart on your sleeve with Cause We Care bracelets. Now the Vancouver charity has teamed up with La Notte to create this limited edition T-shirt ($35) benefiting local families in need. Now you can wear your heart on your… heart. At Aritzia.com
Tradeworks employs women at risk in their Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Workshop and trains them in life, employment, and carpentry skills. These refillable maple wood pens ($40) are made from reclaimed Canadian hardwoods and include engraving at no extra cost. Give this to someone who can write a story as meaningful as the one behind the pen. At Tradeworks.com
December 4th, 2013
You knew the inevitable was coming: an invite to an ugly sweater party.
But with the plethora of options, it seems that finding something that is tacky enough to stand out has become increasingly difficult. This year, you can DIY the fug with with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit ($20), which provides a red sweater, felt accessories (think snowflakes and reindeer), glitter glue, jingle bells, pom poms and a sewing kit. Remember, when going for ugly, more is more.
Because if Bridget Jones taught us anything, it's that true love can be found wearing a reindeer jumper.
$20 online at www.spencersonline.com
December 3rd, 2013
Small details make big impacts.
Take party collars, for instance. A hint of embellishment around the neck takes a simple white tee from ubiquitous to unique.
Faux, fox or fire engine red, a detachable fur collar might just be your best friend this holiday season. These ones ($125) from Pink Tartan, made from the softest rabbit fur and available in ebony and snow white, are all luxe.
Wear yours over a cashmere sweater or silk blouse for a decadent detail that no one will miss.
Pink Tartan, 77 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, 416-967-7700, http://pinktartan.com/ca/
November 26th, 2013
All the pretty girls and boys are donning beenies this fall. It's true, the humble noggin warmer is back.
Just what you need to get ahead this winter. —Athena Tsavliris
At Robber, 863 Queen St W., Toronto, 647-351-0724, http://robberstore.wordpress.com
November 20th, 2013
The sort of people who decide these things have decided that red is the colour of the season. Who am I to complain, I positively adore red.
Make Vreeland proud and cover your talons in Chanel Rouge Rubis ($27). Available at Holt Renfrew.
Hello fall flats, ($218) don't mind if I do. At J. Crew.
Fill a Parkhaus felt basket with the season's fashion tomes. Available at Pimlico.
Oh, if you twist my arm, okay then - Ela Handbags ($298).
November 19th, 2013
We're warming up for the big winter freeze with faux furs, chunky knits and cashmere galore.
This charming line of scarves, hats and mitts from Brussels-based Les Inséparables is sure to make it into our stash of woolies. Each delightful piece is made by hand from a blend merino wool, cashmere, and alpaca and exudes a preppy, yet quirky style.
If we're forced to dress for winter, we may as well do it with whimsy. —Athena Tsavliris
Available at Gaspard, 913 Queen W., Toronto, 416-546-7480, http://gaspardshop.com
November 13th, 2013
We steal their jeans, shirts, and sweaters, so the bag is a natural addition to our “boyfriend” fashion collection.
But instead of waiting for our guys to buy one (so we can “borrow” it), we are just going to get ourselves our own VENQUE bag. The Toronto-based men’s accessory company makes modern, practical day bags from leather and their own water repellant, raw yarn fabric called Quanta (which is also resistant to extreme weather, something we know well here in Canada). We love the Classic backpack ($85, pictured) that is going to save our spines, or the Hamptons carry all ($90), perfect for a laptop and other necessities.
Best part? When it gets too heavy, your boyfriend won’t be embarrassed to carry it for you. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
VENQUE bags, from $75, at www.venque.com
November 12th, 2013
Sometimes fashion and art come together perfectly.
Each pocket square celebrates a Canadian city and flaunts Taxali's unique retro-graphic style. Snap one up for the lad in your life, or take your cool piece of Canadiana and stick it in a frame, instead. —Athena Tsavliris
Available at Harry Rosen stores, www.harryrosen.com
November 6th, 2013
Winter can't come fast enough now that we have a cashmere bodysuit to slip into every time the temperatures plummet.
From Sartoria, one of Toronto's favourite upcyclers, this luxurious undergarment is inspired by the bathing suit styles of the '20s and slips comfortably underneath whatever you want to wear.
Or, you know, you may just wear a bodysuit, and crank up the heat. —Athena Tsavliris
November 5th, 2013
Dark days. Grey skies. Pervy mustaches. Yup, it’s definitely November.
Because the boys supported last month’s pink endeavors, we’re returning the favor and supporting Movember by – what else?! – shopping.
Leave it Montreal’s Frank & Oak to create the ultimate style-meets-substance shirt ($55, with 20 per cent going to men’s health programs), which is guaranteed to stay in rotation long after those ‘staches have been shaved. www.frankandoak.com
And speaking of shaving: Is it December yet?! —Christine Laroche