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/
September 4th, 2012
Still, I couldn’t resist a flirty bra ($68) in peach silk with lilac ruffles. The chambray printed shirts ($126) caught my eye and I love the Mexican blankets re-worked into boxy denim jackets ($225).
Best of all, are the poufs, pillows and vintage chairs in Kantha textiles. When you pay more attention to the furnishings than the clothes, you know you’re all grown up.—Athena Tsavliris
Free People, 79 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, 416-515-1555, www.freepeople.com
June 25th, 2012
Everyone knows that we can build blazing campfires, open beer bottles with our teeth and make sweet love in canoes (without tipping).
But even the hardiest Canadienne will accept a little help when offered. For a more efficient summer of love we’re snagging swish essentials at the new Victorinox Swiss Army store. We’ll stand on guard for the Canadian Flag Sportsman ($32) - with corkscrew and bottle opener – and see thee rise on a red beach mat with carrying strap and built-in towel ($95). Also in stock, a cool collection of staples for fashion-forward outdoorsy types like moss green swim shorts ($85) and water-resistant shirt dresses ($295) with reflective detailing (perfect for sneaking around after dark).
Just remember, if the canoe’s rocking, don’t come knocking. —Marianne Wisenthal
Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street W., Toronto, 416-929-9889, www.victorinox.com
June 1st, 2012
If there’s anything the Brits know better than making the perfect brew, it’s designing the cup it’s poured into.
To mark Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the Gardiner Museum has launched Rule Britannia!, celebrating four centuries of stylish British ceramics. The exhibit features all things bright and beautiful from fine bone Regency tea sets and Gothic Revival chargers to poppy-patterned Wedgwood and a glorious Art Nouveau wash set by Royal Doulton.
We swooned amongst the Royal Commemoratives including a delicate blue and gold cup dedicated to the wedding of Wills and Kate. Don’t tell Her Majesty but we’d fill ours with Pimm’s. —Marianne Wisenthal
Tickets from $6. Until September 16th, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, 416-586-8080, www.gardinermuseum.com
February 29th, 2012
Artisanal toothbrushes may sound poncy, but once you’ve given your pearlies a scrub with this Binchotan toothbrush, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bristle.
The nylon bristles are blended with Binchotan charcoal powder that naturally freshens the mouth like a visit to the dentist. It helps get rid of plaque and bad breath, and keeps the toothbrush bacteria-free.
At $8 it's pricier than your basic, nylon bristled options but your teeth will thank-you. And so will your lovey-dove every time you lean in for a smooch. —Athena Tsavliris
February 28th, 2012
Done right, hosiery can really zhuzh up an outfit. Just don’t scrimp on quality.
Once you’ve tried Fogal, nothing else compares. At Toronto’s new boutique, you’ll find hose, suspenders, thigh-highs and leggings in enough shades to fill Joseph’s multi-coloured dream coat. The Zurich-based hosiery collection includes 100 styles in more than 70 different colours.
Most pairs are priced in the $30–$60 region, but if you fancy a splurge, cashmere tights ($365) are the ultimate cold-weather indulgence. —Athena Tsavliris
Fogal, 31 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 416-929-0369, www.fogal.com
October 3rd, 2011
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld often says that the best advice she has received from her mother is not to pluck her eyebrows. Sure, if you’ve got brows like Carine, why mess with nature?
The rest of us rely on the pros, and the ladies at Mync are aces when it comes to perfecting arches. Once determining the right shape for your face, they will wax, tweeze and thread ($30) you to ultimate brows.
Wanna lash fix too? Options range from thick and natural ($145) to fully loaded lids ($255). Either way, your peepers will pop. —Athena Tsavliris
Mync, 104 Yorkville Ave. 2nd Floor, Toronto, 647-351-8888, www.myncbeauty.com
September 23rd, 2011
Named after Melbourne’s hippest ‘hood, Fitzroy is Toronto’s place for affordable fashion from cool Aussie labels you’ve likely only heard of if you read Vogue Australia.
The seasonal pop up opened in Yorkville just in time for TIFF, but a second one is slated for Queen West come winter. Owners Angela Pastor and Julie Buczkowski are working on an online shop too. Cool, breezy days call for an Aztec print poncho ($88) from Ladakh. Other standout pieces come from Bardot, Thread for Thought and cult label, One Teaspoon. A local nod goes to Species (sp.) by Sarah Donofrio. Her printed shorts and tea-dresses are darling, but sadly too skimpy for winter.
Unless you live down under that is. —Athena Tsavliris
Fitzroy, 162 Cumberland St., Toronto, 647-520-7907, www.fitzroyboutique.com
September 13th, 2011
If you haven’t heard of Intermix, you must live in a shoe. Bloor Street’s new store (first in Canada) is a smorgasbord of lust-haves from designers like Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, Chloé and LaRok.
When you see something you love, grab it. It probably won’t be there the next time. Case in point: these Sergio Rossi pony hair tiger booties. Once Toronto fashion bloggers, Erin Kleinberg and Stephanie Mark of The Coveteur gave them a nod on the Intermix blog, the fashion gaggle flocked.
Intermix, 130 Bloor St.W., Toronto, 416-925-0111, www.intermixonline.com
August 29th, 2011
The best part of a pedi is getting our twinkle toes kneaded by a pro.
Suat at Jeanet Spa doesn’t make us wait until the end, but rather integrates massage techniques throughout her treatment. In between soaks, scrubs and snips,
the lovely Tunisian native gives our feet a strong-handed pressure point massage that is downright heavenly.
We leave feeling both relaxed and ready to walk a thousand miles. —Athena Tsavliris
Jeanet Spa, 140 Yorkville Ave., 2nd Floor, Toronto, 416-921-2996, www.jeanetspa.com