Vancouver - ARTS & CULTURE
January 16th, 2013
From the street style bloggers to iconic fashion archives, our editors and bloggers are always first on the scene (with camera in hand). Here's our top 10 blogs of 2012. And remembering, sharing is caring: Support your favourite blogger with a Like on Facebook and hit the Tweet button on any blog post to share it with your followers.
1. Bloggers run the world: The Sartorialist was in town for an event at Secret Location, and sat down for an exclusive interview (click here to read his thoughts on interesting hair cuts).
2. Man Repeller knows how to draw a crowd: the smart and insanely stylish Leandra told her the secret to true man repeller style (think plaid). Read it here.
3. Ombre, reverse ombre and the magic of twist dry are all part of our chat with hair stylist extraordinaire Mark McLeod. Read it here.
4. Canada takes Manhattan! Well, Joe Fresh at least. The Canadian brand made us proud with its store opening on 5th Avenue (we were there rubbing elbows with supermodels and the NYC literati). Read it here.
5. Does the camera make my bag look fat? Canadian trailblazer Tommy Ton collaborated with Club Monaco on a bag fit for the busiest on-the-town women. Read it here.
6. We spent the day with American Idol alum Adam Lambert just as his album hit #1 in Canada. He's as sweet as he is famous - read more here.
7. We talked freckles and Celine Dion with chart-topping Canadian songstress Kay. Read it here.
8. Ain't no mountain high enough… for us to scale. We hit the top of Whistler mountain on a rugged and adrenaline-inducing climb. Read it here.
9. We love to support a local industry - especially when it's the wine industry. Check in with our boozy Okanagan weekend here.
10. We swooned over street style in Paris - and caught a glimbse of a very famous designer seated next to us at a cafe. See our candid photos here.
December 26th, 2012
Boxing Day is made for three things: shopping, leftovers, and watching movies in our pajamas. To that end, our movie rental list (all available on iTunes) for a well-deserved couch potato day.
A sweet tooth isn’t the only thing we’re indulging during the holiday season: the sappy romantic in us needs a little love (and Jude Law) from our go-to movie The Holiday. —Christine Laroche
Between the soundtrack, the costumes and the locations, I could spend every day of the break watching Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The parties and bonbons feel very appropriate this time of year, don’t they? – Kelsey Dundon
It’s not Christmas without a classical musical from my childhood. This year it’s My Fair Lady that’s on continuous play. My daughter loves the scene when grimy flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) is given a bath. —Athena Tsavliris
Moonrise Kingdom tells the hilarious and quirky story of two 1960s pre-teens on their quest for maturity and love. A Wes Anderson film, it is pretty much guaranteed that this film is chock-full of delicious costumes and props, beautiful panoramas, ridiculous wit and a big-name cast. —Kait Kucy
Sure you know what it's about (male strippers), but did you know Magic Mike was made for a relatively low-budget $7 million, catapulted Channing Tatum to A-list status and earned Matthew McConaughey a Best Supporting Actor award from the the New York Film Critics Circle? Don't be surprised if this film bumps-and-grinds its way to an Oscar nomination. —Maria Tallarico
December 24th, 2012
'Twas the day before Christmas, when all through downtown
Not a creature was resting, for last minute gifts were abound
The Wolford stockings were hung in our bathroom shower;
While we scampered and fretted over the quickly passing hour
The children were fighting over the iPad's last 10 per cent,
While I tried to discern on whom my favourite wrapping was spent;
And friends in their finest and me in a hat
Had just settled down for a winter nightcap
There's much more to this story, as you ladies know,
But with the clock ticking down, we really must go.
But not before we wish you the most peaceful holiday scene
With plenty of health and fortune in 2013
May your morning be filled with laughter, and a coffee mug spiked with Baileys
And a very Happy Christmas from Vitamin Daily.
November 13th, 2012
While the Eastside Culture Crawl is traditionally associated with artists, there are a huge number of artisans, designers, and craft geniuses displaying and selling their product. Here are five studios worth visiting; with items are under $200, you can check a few names off your Christmas list.
Melk Design is a husband and wife team that creates pieces from upcycled and recycled wood. We love the Noon Birds Clock ($95, pictured) made from Landyachtz longboards, and the up-cycled walnut Axe Belt buckle ($60.) Location: D10 - 936 Clark Dr., Vancouver, www.melkmelk.com
Grace Lee, the talent behind Eikcam Ceramics, makes birch bud vases ($52) and lovely barn owl ornaments ($18) but our favourite is the cloud series bowl and spoon ($50 for the set) featuring freehand drawings. So pretty, we can excuse the fact that they aren’t dishwasher safe. Location: Studio #2 - 965 Vernon Dr. at The Mergatroid, http://eikcam.com/
Oona Clothing Company does the cutest handmade boys’ and girls’ underpant sets, featuring matching tees, bright colours, and naïve handrawn graphics. Great incentive for toilet training. Pieces start at $7. Location: Studio #14 at William Clark Studios, www.oonaclothing.com
If you’re looking to complete a very minimal garden, then Espiritu Design Studio’s Dadi Bird House ($200) is a must-have. And for your apartment dwelling friends, they also have beautiful cups and vases, although don’t expect any blue jays to come and say hello. Location: Unit 130, 288 East Georgia St., Vancouver, http://espiritudesignstudio.com
If you are looking for something chic and elegant, check out Su Foster’s jewelry. Featuring delicate silver and gold pieces, we’ve got our eye on the long stick earrings, $85-$95 a pair. Location: 1177 Parker St., Vancouver, http://sufoster.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Eastside Culture Crawl, November 16-18, for a full map and more details, check www.eastsideculturecrawl.com
October 5th, 2012
Our favourite kid's craft workshop, Vancouver's Collage Collage, has just opened an online store filled with books, art supplies, craft kits, and toys.
So when you aren't feeling creative about ways to entertain the kids, search the site and leave the creativity to them. Find kits to make dream catchers ($18), sock puppets ($12), or nesting dolls ($35, pictured), this is the perfect site to bookmark for rainy day projects, gifts for friends' kids, and party activities. There's also a great selection of paints, crayons, sticker books, and aprons (a must-have).
Now, if only someone would teach our kids how to use all this stuff. Oh wait, they do. Collage Collage offers a wide selection of children's arts and crafts courses in Vancouver. Soon our budding doctors and lawyers will also be mini Monets and Manets. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Collage Collage online store, www.shop.collagecollage.ca
October 1st, 2012
We might be digital darlings, but we love us some analog.
Like the work of Porchlight Press, the new studio in Vancouver that offesr graphic design services as well as the not-yet-lost art of letterpress printing. “It’s like the slow food movement of graphic design,” says owner Heather Braun. There’s a handmade element to this printing technology (which is older than your grandmother) that makes each piece uniquely beautiful. The studio can tackle jobs as small as invitations to your kid’s first birthday, or as large as business cards for your company. Plus, we hear they’re going to start offering letterpress workshops so you can learn to print on these decades-old machines yourself.
Charming, these prints. —Kelsey Dundon
Porchlight Press, # 204-25 E. Sixth Ave., Vancouver, 604-790-7202, www.porchlightpress.com
September 11th, 2012
Seinfeld reruns, DVD sets of My So Called Life and catching The Way We Were on TV… sometimes an oldie but a goodie is much more enticing than another superhero movie.
With that in mind, we're marking our calendar for the first-ever Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest (September 23-30), which is stacked with classics and cult favourites like Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski and Back to the Future. A full throwback cultural experience, there'll be costume competitions, trivia contests, prizes and themed drinks.
And if you really wanna kick it old school, find somebody to make out with in the back row. —Maria Tallarico
September 23-30 at Denman Cinema, tickets $20-$25, www.vancouverretrocinema.com
August 20th, 2012
With the last long weekend of summer fast approaching, we're hitting the beach with a bottle of SPF and a good book.
Anya Georgijevic, Beauty Editor
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I’ve been on a 1920s kick since... forever. This fictionalized story of a tumultuous relationship between the womanizing literary legend Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson is just the right combination of romance and jazz age nostalgia. $19.76 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Kelsey Dundon, Lifestyle Editor
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Leave it to HBO to get me so hooked on a series: I’ve turned into a full-on fantasy-lover. I couldn’t wait to watch the third season of Game of Thrones so I decided to do things the old-fashioned way: read my way through it. The series is light reading yet each book is thick perfect for stashing in your weekend bag. $21.97 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Kait Kucy, Calgary Editor
Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence
The CBC's Grant Lawrence recalls his long summers growing up in the misty and wet depth of British Columbia's Desolation Sound in this perfect Canadiana piece of literature. Excellent for long weekends at the lake or beach, this book will bring about new gratitude and love for your Canadian surroundings. $17.78 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto Editor
The Book of Marvels by Lorna Crozier
A friend dropped in for tea today with this book (and homemade jam tarts) in her bag. It looks utterly charming. The perfect escape from that 700-pager on the nightstand. $15.165 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Sponsored)
An ordinary walk to the corner mailbox sparks an extraordinary journey of self-discovery in this tender, touching and captivating new novel—the newest addition to Indigo Spotlight, a curated selection of outstanding reads. $19.76 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Christine Laroche, Montreal Editor
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The novel is dark, sneaky, and incredibly addictive, and Reese Witherspoon seems to agree: The actress has bought the book’s film rights. $16.47 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing EditorWho Killed Mom? by Steve Burgess
Popular Vancouver writer Steve Burgess brings his trademark wit to this tale of familial bond. His love for his mother Joan shines through every quippy story, and his quest to both understand and honour the woman who shaped him is quite touching. And did I mention how funny he is? Very. $17.44 at www.chapters.indigo.ca
June 27th, 2012
Every year I learn so much from our readers when we run our survey – thanks to the more than 1,000 of you who took the time to respond. The overwhelming theme in your editorial requests was for more stories about affordable travel. We hear you! Here is a random sampling of your questions, answered.
1. “Can you do more things like “A day in the life” of the editorial team, or “What’s in your purse?”
SB: I agree! Our “what’s in your suitcase” doses were some of our most popular last summer, and we plan to do them again. In the meantime we are always going behind the scenes in our Editors’ Diary, and, you probably don’t want to know what’s in my purse!
2. “I would love to see a mobile app of your site.”
SB: We’ve got them for every city (click the apple icon at the top right of each city landing page to download for free.) I use them all the time when I am travelling or on the go. So easy to search (like a glam version of Google!).
3. “You should establish a presence on the East Coast! I’m originally from there and they’re starving for fun, relevant style-savvy blogs.”
SB: Here’s the official call-out for an East Coast Editor! Anyone? We also heard from a lot of you who would like us to open editions for Ottawa and Victoria. Send us the perfect editor, and we just might!
4. “Have you ever thought of having some sort of get-together for your subscribers or gala event? Maybe a fashion show or shopping event?”
SB: We do partner with lots of companies on shopping events throughout the year in Vancouver (Banana Republic, CB2, DKNY and Libertine, to name a few). But we’ve been throwing around the idea of hosting a conference for women entrepreneurs and bloggers. We learned from the survey that almost 60 per cent of you have started your own business or would like to.
June 4th, 2012
Never did we think we’d take style clues from the elderly but, hey, never say never!
Thanks to Ari Seth Cohen’s ingenious blog, Advanced Style, we’ve developed a whole new fascination with pearls, turbans, and oversized hats. You won’t see young twenty-somethings that rule other street style blogs here: these sartorially savvy women are over-sixty-everythings with a lust for fashion that is undeniable. The fashion industry is abuzz over Cohen’s book version of the blog, allowing us to flip through images of elderly style mavens like Iris Apfel, Beatrix Ost, and Tziporah Salamon, the old school way. —Anya Georgijevic
$20.58 on pre-order from Amazon.