May 21st, 2013
"Cock your hat," Sinatra used to say. "Angles are attitudes."
In the spirit of Sinatra, we're stepping out in the midday sun wearing a chic Tracy Watts straw fedora.
It's lightweight and crushable (the perfect travel companion) and looks good on everyone we know. A grosgrain trim gives the hat a hit of femininity.
Wear it on a side tilt and you've got attitude in spades. —Athena Tsavliris
From $235 at Ewanika, 1083 Bathurst St.. Toronto, 416-927-9699, www.ewanika.ca
May 17th, 2013
The spectacle of summer, (with a killer Jay-Z produced soundtrack to match), The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman’s technicolor take on the classic American novel. Herewith, our favourite Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces.
Summer weddings will be awash in head pieces, we predict. Make sure to pair with loose pin curled hair and a convertible roadster. $281 on Etsy.
The Twenties also marked the rise of the painted face: smokey eyes, rosy cheeks and bold brows and upper lips were all the rage. MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner ($23), the sophisticated Dame blush ($25) and palette of bright shadows like Contrast (purplish blue) and Humid (dark green with shimmer) will have you looking very Daisy Buchanan.
He may not have Leo’s matinee idol face, but even the dude-iest of boys would look dapper in this Pink Strip Linen Jacket ($698) from Brooks Brothers’ The Great Gatsby Collection.
For brooding by a big picture window overlooking your estate, slip into this silk, bias-cut gown Long Luxe Gown ($310) from Vancouver's own Christine Lingerie. At Holt Renfrew in the fall.
Prohibition is history, but long live forbidden cocktails! We’ll be serving up Southsides (gin, lime, mint and simple syrup) in this sophisticated Lady Diamond Pitcher ($49). For total authenticity, consult this Vintage Cocktails book ($50). Both at The Cross Décor and Design.
May 7th, 2013
Inspired by Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture currently on at the Bata Shoe Museum, we've been on the hunt for our very own iconic kicks.
Anything from Golden Goose (from $500 – hefty but worth it) is destined for the collector's shelf. The shoes have that weathered look that you only get from years of dancing the night away, and this pair in particular has my name all over it.
If you need me, just follow the trail of glitter. —Athena Tsavliris
At Specchio, 240 Bay St., Toronto, 416-961-7989, www.specchioshoes.com
May 4th, 2013
Parents of boys know that there is a harsh inequality when it comes to baby clothes. Girls have a vast collection of separates, dresses, and accessories to choose from, while boys have to contend with basic onesies, jeans, and the odd sweater.
We think Winter Water Factory is trying to even things out. Its collection of organic printed baby clothes features a goldmine of boys’ items. The tools romper ($40) and construction onesie ($36.50, pictured) will certainly excite the heavy machinery fans in your family, and the high seas gown ($36) is perfect for any pirate-in-the-making.
May as well dress our girls in these too, in hopes they’ll take an early interest in power tools. That toddler bed isn't going to assemble itself. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At Hip Baby, 2110 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-736-8020 and online at www.hipbaby.com
April 30th, 2013
We’re crazy about Erdem around here, and spring 2012 was one of our favourite collections to date.
So you can imagine our delight when we stepped into the springtime garden that is Club Monaco right now. Several pieces are reminiscent of Erdem Moralioglu's signature florals. Think flirty skirts, tops, pants and blouses in prints worthy of a frame.
Wear them together and you’ll look like you sprung from Kew Gardens. —Athena Tsavliris
April 23rd, 2013
This spring, don’t fret too much over your clothes – a carefully chosen scarf, bauble or bag can make even the drabbest outfit interesting.
At brand-spanking new accessories store, Elevator, guys and gals will find a charming assortment of quaint-to-classic accessories such as preppie knitted ties, cufflinks, clutches and printed featherlight scarves.
For the lad in your life, pick up a papillion or belt, and for the girl on your gift list (okay, yourself) choose from Jane Tran hairclips or an Annabel Inghall cross-body bag in an eye popping colour.
Trust acid yellow to give your basic black blazer a kick. —Athena Tsavliris
Elevator, 1273 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-535-9671, www.facebook.com/shopelevator
April 13th, 2013
Growing out of your winter maternity duds? Here are a few pieces that will keep you and your bump stylish and cool as the hot weather approaches.
The dress: If your biggest maternity investment is going to be a formal dresss, then we suggest this silk number from Seraphine. Available in a maxi ($359) or mini ($299) version, the kimono sleeves and jewel tone blues are perfect for summer parties or weddings. At Seraphine, www.seraphinematernity.com
The jeans: Go white this summer, since it will mostly likely be the last time you’ll be able to don white pants without having them covered in spit up, food, and crayons marks. These ones are from Loved by Heidi Klum. $59.98 from Motherhood Maternity, www.motherhoodcanada.ca
The tank: Be practical and buy this plain white tank from Au Fait Mama. The comfy bamboo fabric works perfectly underneath blouses (to keep the belly oils from staining your good clothes) or on its own when it’s broiling. Best part? This is actually a nursing tank, so you’ll be able to use it when baby is born, too. $68 from Au Fait Mama. www.aufaitmama.myshopify.com
The tee: This grey tee from H&M features a pretty floral print, and at $14.95, we won’t feel bad wearing for a few months and then passing it on to our next expecting friend. Mama Top, at H&M. Maternity collection available in 30 stores across Canada. www.hm.com
The cardigan: The Ruth Cardigan from Isabella Oliver comes in ochre (shown) or turquoise and cool enough to wear when we are done making babies. Just don’t tell anyone it is maternity clothes. Ruth Crop Maternity Cardigan, $145 at Isabella Oliver, www.isabellaoliver.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
April 12th, 2013
Packing is such sweet sorrow – not for the effort, so much, but the scarcity of space and inevitable wrinkles.
So we've been stocking up on versatile vêtements that we know can handle a plane ride and keep us looking put together. Our latest discovery? Montreal-based Fig Clothing, whose collections – spring includes Voyage, Safari and Ocean – are each made of a fabric blend specifically designed for the situation. We've got the classic Peg dress ($85) earmarked for our next journey, to be dressed up or down with the right choice of footwear.
Because the best thing about multi-use garments on a trip, really, is extra space for shoes. —Kat Tancock
Available online and select retailers including Sporting Life, www.sportinglife.ca
April 9th, 2013
May flowers aren’t the only silver lining to April showers. Rain means wellies, rain hats and jolly-coloured coats, hurrah!
Here’s a line of stylish of raincoats that’ll put a spring in your puddle-hop. Designed in Toronto and made in Vancouver, Trout pours style into typical rainwear with a line of coats and jackets that are as chic as they are functional.
We love the fabric – an Italian doubleface cotton blend – and that the coats ($535) are reversible. There are three styles to choose from and each is lined with a contrasting seam tape, for a splash of bright on a grey day.
But really, why wait for a downpour when you can wear it anyday?
At Holt Renfrew (Toronto and Vancouver) and online at www.troutrainwear.com
April 2nd, 2013
You know you’ve grown up when you start sporting a silk scarf.
Printed is better than plain, and Anu Raina’s nature-inspired designs ($180) really make a splash.
The collection is inspired by her grandfather’s garden in Kashmir, blooming with echinacea, daisies and pomegranate trees.
For ten ways to wear a silk scarf (youthfully) head over to A Beautiful Mess. —Athena Tsavliris
See website for stockists www.anuraina.com/stores.html