October 15th, 2013
Punchy accessories can take a girl from plain-Jane to would-ya-look-at-Lucy in an instant.
With zingy colours and tonnes of texture, these necklaces from Parkdale's Cuchara are sure to turn heads.
A little bit of beach and a little bit of city, and a lot of '90s punk, grunge and hip hop is what inspires designer, Edilou Canedo. "Edgy and playful with a dash of elegance," is how she describes her pieces.
See website for stockists, http://cuchara.ca/
June 18th, 2013
Buckle up, you beauties.
Belts – not shoes, bags or baubles – are on the radar. Wide or skinny, neon or pastel, leather, suede or studded, anything goes, really.
These ones from Maison Boinet are high on our wish list. Wear a skinny one looped through jeans or over a spring cardi for a little extra definition.
Don't be shy about colour. A flash of red or pink will give your waistline the lovin' it deserves. —Athena Tsavliris
At Gaspard, 913 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-546-7480, http://gaspardshop.com
July 31st, 2012
It’s not enough just to sell things anymore. Today, it’s as much about the mood as it is the product. To that end, the folks behind new concept store, Room 2046 are fueling us with espresso (from locally roasted beans) while we shop.
One caffeine jolt later, and I’m fawning over butter-soft, handmade-in-Milan wallets ($187) in a fruit cocktail of colours. Next, a pair of turqoise lace-ups ($62-$78) made by Kulkith from Indonesia catches my eye and that Juma carry-all ($330) is begging for a soujourn.
The coffee smells good, and so do the candles (soy based and packaged in recycled materials). I’m flicking through a book about pastries and Paris and wishing for a canelé right about now.
Well, that would be the icing on the cake, wouldn’t it? —Athena Tsavliris
Room 2046, 1252 Yonge St., Toronto, 647-348-2046, www.room2046.com
June 6th, 2012
Wedding season is upon us and I’m a big fan of personalized gifts. When else does a couple manage to rack up piles of monogrammed towels, sheets and plates?
These beeswaxed coasters ($30 for six) from local fashion line Metsa, are sewn from the offcuts of the clothes. Send in the name/s of your couple and see it stamped on the back.
It’s such a simple gift, but they’ll think of you every time they sit down for a bevvie.
Cheers to that. —Athena Tsavlaris
April 24th, 2012
With spring in the air we’re happy to trade in scarves for chic collars that pop.
Wear one over a little white tee, or if you’re a fan of mixed-print mash-ups, pair with polka dots, stripes, or more florals. –Athena Tsavliris
At Model Citizen, 279 Augusta Ave., Toronto, 416-703-7625, www.modelcitizentoronto.com
April 21st, 2012
Bring May flowers
Or so they have us believe
But when the raindrops are falling
We know who we’re calling
To get a little reprieve
Canada’s Cheeky umbrellas
Come in full and pint sizes
And brighten the dullest of hours
So we’ll sing in the rain
And dance in the drizzle
And pretend we have magical powers
$22 at www.cheekyumbrella.com
April 10th, 2012
You love the eclectic, bohemian spaces in the pages of British magazine Living Etc but you can’t quite figure out how to bring it home. For instant colour, style and cultural richness, start with a kantha throw or two.
If you’re not familiar, kantha is an embroidery technique used by women in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Made from recycled saris and layered with a simple running stitch, kantha throws live on sofas, beds and banisters and look best layered in a contrast of colours.
The selection of one-of-a-kind kanthas at West Elm is rich with floral, geometric, and folk-art motifs and at $99. It’s hard to choose just one. So don’t. —Athena Tsavliris
West Elm, 109 Atlantic Av., Toronto, 416-537-0110, www.westelm.com
February 3rd, 2012
From Jonathan Adler to Marc Jacobs to Rebecca Minkoff, it’s hard to find a designer who hasn’t gone tech. Digital accessories are de rigueur.
Now, Adler’s ‘happy chic’ case was a frontrunner for our prized iPhone 4S, but we just couldn’t resist the sheer variety and creativity over at Society 6. The Aztec-inspired prints ($35) are popular round here and we love this sparkly air balloon ($35).
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November 4th, 2011
You’ve rounded up a charcuterie feast of veal bones, venison pâté, rich rillettes and hard-to-find cheeses. Now you need something beautiful to present it on.
Geoffrey Lilge's handcrafted cutting boards are just the thing. Each piece (more artwork than cutting board, really) is made from solid maple and walnut and finished with natural oil and beeswax.
They are simple, functional and exquisite. Hang it on the wall until your next carnivorous chow-down. —Athena Tsavliris
See www.geoffreylilge.com for local stockists.
September 14th, 2011
Your wrists are stacked with a diamonds, lucite and colourful threads, but there’s always room for more. Add graphic punch to your arm candy with a May28th watch ($39)
Based in Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, and Riga, May28th designs with more colour than you’d find at an ice cream parlour. Think blues, lavenders, pinks and peaches in eye-popping prints inspired by Moroccan tiles, Indian textiles and Navajo blankets.
Light on the wallet and pretty to look at. Tick, tick. —Athena Tsavliris