Vancouver - Editors' Diary
September 12th, 2013
We countdown to Cornucopia (Nov.7-17) with the best fall activities in and around the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Picking herbs from the rooftop garden and apiary for a salsa verde-style rub for tonight’s dinner. I opted for Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Summer Savoury and Coriander—delicious on that night’s fillet mignon in the hotel’s Grill Room. http://www.fairmont.com/whistler/dining/grillroom
Our host, Kerry Duff, pours Egyptian lemonade, with mint and strawberry - yum.
Executive Sous Chef Richard Samaniego shows off candy cane beets which will be front and centre on menus for the newly extended Cornucopia food and wine festival (Nov. 7-17). And watch for wildflower honey ice cream once they start harvesting from the new beehives. Now that’s buzz-worthy.
An invitation to ride the Peak 2 PEAK gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the longest freestanding gondola in the world, had us on top of the world—and it was a birthday present, too. Hey, you only turn 28 once! www.whistlerblackcomb.com
A golf lesson at the Chateau Whistler Golf Course Golf Academy had our swing totally transformed (with video to prove it). The ride out to the centre with scenery like this (8th hole) plus a view all the way down to the Garibaldi mountain range was equally inspiring. http://fairmontgolf.com/whistler
In need of a culture hit after so much adventure, we headed to the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre across the street from the Chateau Whistler for a fantastic tour by our young first nations guide, Cougar. Making cedar bark bracelets in the long house was a fun souvenir. www.slcc.ca
There’s a bear in the kitchen! Thankfully just the dipped-strawberry kind, as demonstrated by the Chateau’s tres charmant French Pastry chef , Laurent Bernard. This one was crafted by an 8-year-old chef-in-training. We think she has a future, non?
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September 10th, 2013
Star sightings, midnight screenings, Brad Pitt dining in Little Portugal - the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival is sheer insanity. Here's how I spent it:
A wrong turn took us to a swank hotel, and while we regrouped in the lobby, we spotted a very handsome FNL alum Taylor Kitsch, in town for The Grand Seduction screening (more on this later) and Alice Cooper, who was in town for his new documentary.
Dinner at Momofuku (Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman stopped in on Thursday). A quick pop-in at the Ritz, where throngs of fans and paparazzi waited outside for a celebrity sighting. As we left, a staffer implored us to stay with the line, "George Clooney is here." First rule of TIFF: don't believe it until you see it. Turns out George never made it Toronto for the screening of Gravity (but Sandra Bullock did just fine on her own).
Drinks at the Shangri-la lounge, where Vancouver bands were keeping the crowd entertained. Terrence Howard, looking very dapper and commanding in a suit, smoothly worked the room and made the ladies swoon.
Everyone thought they were hot on Brad Pitt's trail, but the cast dinner for 12 Years a Slave happened at the not-yet-open Hudson Kitchen on Dundas (Toronto's party king Shinan Govani had all the details here), with the after-party at the Thompson Hotel.
Brunch at The Drake, where Donald Sutherland was seen ordering the man-size Lumberjack breakfast (I went for the eggs benny and a caesar).
A stop by the Made in Canada lounge at the CBC studio. Such a cool space with George Stroumboulpoulos-curated picks (a custom Montreal Canadians jersey, vegan treats, Smells Like Canada candles, Canada Goose coats, Daneson flavoured toothpicks (a favourite of Ryan Gosling) and loads more. George was mid-show, so we popped in to watch his interview with Adam Driver of Girls, who is incredibly tall (and good looking) in person.
Dinner at Union on Ossington (the polenta was incredible), then the after-party for the Can A Song Save Your Life screening. Harvey Weinstein held court with Adam Levine, and Keira Knightly sipped Grey Goose cocktails at Patria. Best dressed? The staff, who had on the coolest Hudson Bay sweatshirts. Sadly, Mark Ruffalo didn't make it into town for the screening. A quick swing by The Drake and The Shangri-la, then bed.
The less glam side of TIFF: room service and working all day. But my TIFF survival kit (Popchips and Vitamin Water, of course) made things a little easier.
Early evening screening of The Grand Seduction, the new Don McKellar pic starring Taylor Kitsch (two times in a weekend? I'll take it). McKellar gave the funniest intro ever (and apparently worked the red carpet with his rumoured girlfriend, Kim Cattral). Spotted Jason Bateman dashing down University (presumably to get away from the iPhone cameras) and after the film, a very loud crowd alerted me to Liam Hemsworth, who was in town to support brother Chris's movie Rush. He dashed past us at the the Roy Thompson Theatre.
A late pizza at Libretto, then back to my room to pack (read: trying to fit my swag into my carry-on).
Most of the big names peace out on Monday, but there's still a few film debuts set to happen at the end of the festival. Till then try star spotting at Brassaii (the official interview spot of The Hollywood Reporter), Holt Renfrew's Variety studio, The Room at the Bay on Queen and, if you have a key, the hotel pools. Another favourite is the luxury spas: red carpet-ing is clearly hard work.
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September 5th, 2013
Tomorrow, I'm heading to TIFF for a long weekend of films, parties and - fingers crossed -some good celeb sightings.
To kick it off, here's a preview of what I'll be sipping on (hopefully at Soho House, the hottest party spot in the city).
A sparklingly elegant cocktail, the GREY GOOSE Le Fizz is the perfect cocktail for raising a toast to the world’s best in film.
1½ parts GREY GOOSE vodka
1 part ST-GERMAIN® Elderflower liqueur
¾ part freshly squeezed lime juice
Topped with 2 parts cold soda water
Pour all ingredients except water into a cocktail shaker.
Shake briefly over ice and double strain into a chilled flute.
Top with soda water. Garnish with a stirrer.
Now where in the world is Clooney...
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August 30th, 2013
Last week we lived la dolce vita at Vancouver's luxe Livingspace showroom. Livingspace, together with Bacci's and Boboli, hosted their second annual La Dolce Vita event, in support of the Livingspace Emily Carr Industrial Design Program Scholarship.
The chic crowd included numerous familiar faces - from news anchors, to actors, architects to artists - everyone was game for an evening of fashionable fun all for a good cause
Curious Oyster cuties shucked Malpeque and Beausoleil bivalves- our favourites were served with a cucumber chile mignonette.
Martha Sturdy, an Emily Carr alumnus (and aunt to our Editor in Chief), showcased her world renowned talents in a special art instillation for the event. Charlotte Wall, another notable Emily Carr alum, also created a custom instillation called 'here', featuring a black and white maze of fibreglass filaments.
Bao Bei owner Tannis Ling and chef Joël Watanabe manned the dumpling bar. While guests weren't noshing on truffled pork and prawn chive "petits cadeaux", they were lining up for food trucks Tacofino and Vij's Railway Express, which both created custom dishes for La Dolce Vita II.
Predicting gourmet popsicles as the next big trend, these boozy beauties turned it up a notch with tequila sunrise and lime basil gin smash flavours. For those wanting their desserts virgin, Butter Baked Goods served up ridiculously delicious lemon thyme sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches.
The main event was a Fall '13 fashion show show, presented by South Granville boutiques Bacci's and Boboli. Looks from Lanvin, CÉLINE, Stella McCartney and other high fashion houses trotted down the catwalk to a background of glassblowers in designer Omer Arbel's Bocci lighting workshop. This dress fluttered down the runway, causing our hearts to also flutter.
After the runway show it was back to coiffing cocktails courtesy of HousexGuest Head Barman Justin Darnes under strings of courtyard lights. Another beautiful Vancouver evening- La Dolce Vita, veramente.
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August 29th, 2013
Almost six feet tall and impossibly gorgeous, you’ve seen Lindsay Ellingson strutting the Victoria’s Secret runway for almost seven years. The bona fide Angel was in Vancouver to help open the second largest (yes, we’re that lucky!) Victoria’s Secret store in the world, and we caught up with the California beauty for a short chat.
You've been with Victoria’s Secret for almost seven years now, and, two years ago, you became an Angel. Who was your all-time favourite Angel growing up?
I used to shop at Victoria’s Secret with my mom, so I’d always see Heidi Klum, Gisele, and Tyra in the windows. It’s hard to choose my favourite but, for inspiration, I always look back at Gisele’s work—she was just incredible.
We can talk a lot about women’s underwear, but our Twitter followers asked whether you prefer boxers or briefs?
For a guy? I don’t like boxers, but I don’t like briefs—definitely in between, like boy shorts.
As an Angel, you must have many super useful beauty tips. What are the top three items in your make-up bag?
1) I have an amazing lip pencil: it’s called ‘Spice It Up’, and it’s by Victoria’s Secret. It’s kind of nude-y, and it almost works for everybody: you can overdraw your lips a little to make them look more voluptuous.
2) Another thing I have in my makeup bag I get at Whole Foods. It’s a Hyaluronic Acid Mist by Derma E. I spray in on throughout the day to make my makeup look fresh.
3) I love lashes; I love mascara. [I use] Triple Drama Mascara by Victoria’s Secret, so I get volume and length.
What’s the sexiest song on you iPod right now?
This is embarrassing, but it’s “Pony” by Genuine. I love that song!
You’ve got beauty and brains—what would you be doing if you weren't modeling?
I was in college before I started modeling, so I probably would have finished and gotten a degree in molecular biology. I was a huge science and math nerd.
August 25th, 2013
I had the honour of being selected for a special 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (in stores September 15th!) photoshoot titled Stylescape, where a full day of street style across North America is captured in one giant panorama. Toronto’s Stylescape was set in a beautiful waterfront park, where fashion influencers and models tried to keep cool by indulging in delicious cold fruits and drinks -- plus, there was a frisbee and a water hose involved (you'll have to see it to believe it!). The final image will be brought to life at New York Fashion Week as an interactive installation.
Some of my cast mates? Dan Levy, the always fashionable I Want I Got’s Anita Clarke, Chatelaine’s Tyler Franch, and Phillip Lim himself! Just a day in a life of a Beauty Editor....
PS. If you get the 'Boom' sweater, we'll be twinsies.
August 23rd, 2013
We joined 2,500 of Vancouver's most stylish diners for the world's most elegant, all-white, pop-up dinner party, Dîner en Blanc.
Pre-reception party at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
BYO everything to the waterfront location, including powered wigs. Very Mozart.
Our table was hosted by Annabel Hawskworth, PR maven and wife of the chef who would be feeding us.
Dressed in his chef whites (naturally), David Hawsworth pulled out all the stops at the event, including two delicious dessert options.
A beautiful sunset added to the glittery Vancouver backdrop.
B.C. Place (which resembles a crown) was lit up.
Science World appeared to be forever fireworks.
With a waitlist of more than 7,000, we're already planning our outfits for next year.
Dîner en Blanc, www.dinerenblanc.info
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August 22nd, 2013
Glacier Media Group (GMG) and Daily Dose Media Inc (DDM) announced today that GMG has acquired VitaminDaily.com, Canada’s premier online lifestyle magazine for women, published by DDM.
VitaminDaily.com joins GMG’s substantial holdings in both print and digital media, which include Social Shopper, Business in Vancouver, The Vancouver Courier and The North Shore News. GMG acquired the Times Colonist, the Lower Mainland Publishing Group and the Vancouver Island Newspaper Group and associated assets from PostMedia Network Inc. in 2011.
“We are thrilled to welcome VitaminDaily.com into our stable to provide fresh, local, female- focused content to our network, says Alvin Brouwer, President of Lower Mainland Publishing at GMG. “They have been pioneers in the growing field of native advertising and their expertise and relationships will be valuable as we continue to innovate in the digital space.”
Founded in 2004 by Sarah Bancroft and Tara Parker Tait, the VitaminDaily.com digital publishing platform has grown to six editions (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal (English and French) and Moms & Kids) delivering over half a million newsletters a week to upwardly- mobile Canadian women.
Says VitaminDaily.com editor-in-chief Sarah Bancroft, “As an independent media company we have experienced tremendous growth over the past year and this new partnership will allow us to leverage and accelerate that growth on a much larger scale than we could have with private capital. We chose to partner with Glacier Media Group as we see them as a forward thinking and entrepreneurial company that shares many of our core values. Together we have developed a growth strategy that includes talent acquisition and innovation in the video and web-native advertising opportunities.”
Bancroft will continue to act as VitaminDaily’s Editor in Chief and president, while co-founder Tait will focus exclusively on her growing public relations firm, Tara Parker Tait PR. VitaminDaily will retain its staff and head office in Vancouver.
For Media inquiries please contact: Tara Parker Tait PR, www.taitpr.com Tara Parker Tait, email@example.com 604-551-8150
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August 21st, 2013
Blogger Clara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair let us tag along on her trip to Berlin (in photos, at least!).
Check out her amazing shots from men's fashion week.
In the clouds on the way to Berlin.
Nautical Inspiration at Premium Tradeshow in Berlin.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Vans peppered the streets of Berlin, escorting buyers, models and press to and from the Runways Shows and Tradeshow Exhibits.
A light, summery look in the outdoor area of Premium Showroom.
The most common transportation in Berlin, a bike!
Taking a break from the showrooms, enjoying some air at Premium.
Louis Vuitton was the handbag brand of choice in Berlin for Men SS14
The Berlin Wall, a must-see on any visit.
People are always glued to their phones, especially during Fashion Week! You definitely don't want to miss an invite or event update.
The Berlin Cathedral.
The Streets of Berlin.
August 19th, 2013
It's always lovely to stop by our local Tiffany store (the busiest in Canada) in downtown Vancouver, especially when there's is a new collection. We got to play socialite, perusing the Atlas collection - designed to reference the famous Atlas clock at the 5th Avenue Tiffany store. With an opening price point of $275 for a necklace, there's hope still.
While this diamond lovely doesn't tell time, we did think it looked lovely on our wrist.
And who could walk past all those cases without playing dress up with a little more wrist candy: this sapphire snake bangle caught our eye, and when asked what type of snake it was, the answer was "A Tiffany snake." Of course!
And now for the money shot (literally): an "internally flawless" fancy blue 5 carat diamond ring priced just shy of $5 million. A girl can always dream.
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