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
It's not often that a too-cool contemporary designer who sells in high-end US department stores like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman opens a pop-up shop in North Vancouver (and even less often that the designer hails from Bowen Island).
But that's exactly what's happening on Lower Lonsdale with Raif Adelberg, the eponymous store open until December 24, 2013. Cashmere is his signature fabric (and a family business) - but think punk, not posh; sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are heavily represented.
And sticker shock is definitely a shopping hazard - Tees run upwards of $700 and we spotted a toque that topped the $370 range. But no one ever said luxury was cheap.
139 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver, http://www.raifadelberg.com
December 2nd, 2013
Winter months can be tough: we tend to work longer hours, exercise less and spend most of our time indoors.
All of this can lead to stress and anxiety, and even worse, skin issues. One magical little plant soothes it all: relax with L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($29 at L’Occitane, left); nourish your skin with Weleda’s Lavender Relaxing Body Oil ($21 at Whole Foods, right); refresh with Green Beaver’s Natural Deodorant ($5.99 at Choices); and escape with Urban Spa’s Lavender Sleep Pillow ($13.99 at well.ca).
December 2nd, 2013
If you’ve ever found yourself in the drugstore aisle completely perplexed by the ingredients in face cream, this app is for you. Think Dirty helps us see past the label (because sometimes, “natural” is a bit of a misnomer) and get the real dirt on what’s in our favourite beauty products. Simply scan the barcode (there’s over 12,000 products in their database) and you’ll instantly get a level rating that examines toxicity and allergens. Don’t see your go-to shampoo? Send them the label, and they’ll do the research for you.
Style.com has long been the online authority of all things fashionable. Live streaming of fashion shows, photos from the most fabulous parties in all the land, and detailed trend reports and street style dissection makes this an invaluable sartorial resource.
We never want to miss a big story, but we don’t always have time to scour the web for trending stories. Enter Zite, which invites you cherry pick the topics that pique your interest, and they do the rest. It’s like a carefully curated magazine delivered right to your smartphone.
How long is that layover? And what time does your flight leave? Avoid the mad dash to the airport for with Tripit, a mobile travel assistant that saves all of your arrangements (flight times, car service, hotel reservations, calendar sync) in one place, so you aren’t stressing about missing that 7 a.m. breakfast meeting.
Dining:Best Buy Mobile offers the best choice of phones and networks, informed and impartial advice, and a free upgrade check. You can now find Best Buy Mobile at all Best Buy stores and as standalone stores in malls across the country. Learn more at BestBuyMobile.ca
When it comes to finding the best dishes in the city, no one loves dishing more than chefs. The most celebrate chefs in North America (Mario Batali, David Boulud, Vij, David Hawksworth) pinpoint specific meals at their favourite restaurants, from noodle bars to fine dining Italian, for Chefs Feed. Warning: don’t browse on an empty stomach.
November 30th, 2013
We’re thinking if the kids are dressed in super cute pajamas, we might be that much more excited to wake up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning.
This editor is kind of obsessed with Om Home’s Jasper pajama set in yellow. We love that it is not treated with any chemicals, they are a Toronto company, and you can hand these down to the next child regardless of gender. Sizes 6 months to 10 years, $39 at Om Home.
Danish brand Popupshop does a mini version of adult pajamas complete with button down front and piping. If Mom and Dad can find matching versions, the pictures will be too cute. Sizes 1 to 10 years, $78 from Sweet William.
Another great Vancouver brand, Parade makes super cute printed rompers and this owl motif is one of our favourites. They are made from organic cotton and wash very well (we know from experience) this is a great sleeper for the family member whose going to wake you up at 4 a.m., Christmas morning or not. Sizes 6 to 18 months, $28 at Parade. http://paradebaby.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg