January 28th, 2009
When Polaroid announced last year it would stop producing their instant film, we started to weep, well, instantly. Documenting road trips would no longer have that certain retro je ne sais quoi.
That was, until we stumbled upon a simple-to-use free software called Poladroid, which makes our modern day digital memories look exactly like the cool, classic snaps—no film required.
Download and open the program (cleverly made to look and sound like a Polaroid camera), drag and drop your photos into it and poof, a little white-rimmed Polaroid appears on your desktop. Just like the real thing, you wait and watch the photo faintly appear as it develops. The end result even mimics the saturation and soft contrast of the old school original.
Go ahead, shake it like a Polaroid picture.
November 29th, 2008
Not only has the mother of two been traipsing around premiers in ultra minis and sky-high shoes, but Gwyneth Paltrow has also found time to launch her own website, GOOP.
Billed as a “collection of experiences,” Gwyneth spills on her favorite tuna sandwhich recipe, best jeans (Grey Ant), and London hot spots. From philosophy (Deepak Chopra) to Philosophy (beauty products) it's like walking a mile in Gwyneth's lace-up booties as she dishes tips on how to find a little black dress, or whip up a perfect batch of buckwheat pancakes.
But nowhere does it mention how to survive on sashimi or if she really is the one in the house who gets to clean up the goop….
November 12th, 2008
Ever watch America’s Next Top Model and think, I could do that! (Pose like a pro we mean, not put up with Tyra’s inane comments.)
VitaminV.ca is on the search for fun and fabulous girls to be the new look on our website for a year. You don’t need Heidi Klum’s bod (and please, no Naomi Campbell tempers): We want girls who are comfortable in their own skin and love having their photo taken.
Thirty lucky girls will be chosen for a professional photo shoot with fashion photographer Evaan Kheraj, including hair and make-up styling, a swag bag from our sponsors, a chance to mingle with our editors and other subscribers and a souvenir shot from the shoot.
Now strike a pose.
To enter our "Be a VV Girl!" contest, simply send a picture of yourself to the Vitamin V page on Facebook. All chosen models must be available the evening of November 19th and 20th.
August 27th, 2008
While you may not find any of these words in the Oxford dictionary, you’ll certainly find them in the Vitamin Victionary.
Dumpster Driver: A person who pulls up to your recycling box in a car (usually in an affluent neighbourhood such as West Point Grey or Rosedale) and proceeds to pile your pop cans into their luxury SUV.
“When I put the recycling out this morning, the neighbourhood dumpster driver was waiting in his Land Rover.”
PC Break-up: Press Conference Break-up: An ex who very publicly spills the beans on your split.
“Did you see John Mayer on TMZ? I can’t believe he PC Broke-up with Jen!”
Naus-talgia.: Remembering something with a sick feeling.
“I was just thinking about that date with Tony and I got a bit of naus-talgia.”
Risickulous: When something is sick and ridiculous.
“The new LV bag is 4 g, but it’s totally risickulous!”
Gaza Strip: A bikin wax gone bad.
“I went to that new spa down the street and they gave me a freaking
Ponis: A male ponytail.
“I noticed Kevin finally cut off his ponis.”
And since we’ve discovered our knack for new verbiage we’ve been working overtime to push our vocab to the next level of pop-culture relevance.
July 2nd, 2008
Video may have killed the radio star, but when the daily dose team is working for the weekend, we tune into the free international internet radio from our iMacs.
Here are our faves:
Sarah’s pick: Radio Netherlands International
This all-English station plays great documentaries, good Euro beats and offers a fresh perspective on North American news.
Miho’s pick: Play Classical UK
Where Bach meets Brits. Besides the whimsical music, the British accent is so pleasing to the ear we even enjoy listening to the advertising.
Maria’s pick: Comedy104
Straight from Topeka, Kansas (seriously!), this talk and stand-up comedy station features sets from legends like Bill Cosby and Dave Chappelle, occasionally breaking for CNN Radio news updates. Listener beware: some segments are racy and may require headphones.
Julie’s pick: Play Top 40 UK
Lighten up a never-ending afternoon with Top 40 from North American and Brit pop artists like the annoyingly infectious Girls Aloud and the dreamy Mark Ronson.
All stations are available for free via www.itunes.com
March 23rd, 2008
Don your Easter bonnet and head to Marquis Wine Cellars on Sunday for the free adults Easter Egg Hunt, where prizes include wine, Marquis gift certificates and more.
PS: Dark chocolate pairs well with Merlot.
11 a.m. sharp, Sunday, March 23 at Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie St., 604-684-0445, www.marquis-wines.com
February 13th, 2008Help! Our new intern Julie has hacked into our Editor’s Diary and is exposing our messy desks, piles of free swag, and all the daily dramas of the Daily Dose head office.
To see the exclusive exposé, click here.
P.S. Check back daily—you never know what else she’ll bust us for. We’re going to have to garnish her wages. Oh, right—she gets paid in lip gloss. But it's Stila lip gloss.
January 13th, 2008
1. Canada’s first Marimekko store in Yaletown had us seeing stripes for days.
2. You were sold on the fashion-forward lines at 212, and the fashion model owner didn’t hurt, either.
3. Everybody needed a guilty pleasure, and our five favourite celebrity gossip blogs definitely did the trick.
4. You picked up last-minute holiday gifts (and a little something for yourself, we hope) at sweet online boutique Lavish and Lime.
5. We couldn’t wait for fall to slip on sweaters from local line Kersh.
6. The line-up outside Holts said it all: this eco-chic “it” bag by Anya Hindmarch was a hit.
7. Fashionistas flocked to Vancouver’s hottest fashion secret: Erin Templeton’s Chinatown boutique.
8. It seems everyone wanted a little something extra in the bedroom, hence the popularity of One + Only stretched canvass headboards.
9. Cheerful totes from local Ellis Designs were a spring hit: we predict the same in 2008.
10. Sprucing up the sheets was as easy as EQ3.
December 30th, 2007
Copy chief Maria likes to exercise her vast vocabulary (and donate rice to charity) by playing the word game at www.freerice.com
Editor-in-chief Sarah wiles away the hours watching the 24/7 live product testing done by the gorgeous cast of www.honeyshed.com
Vitamin T editor Athena loves checking out the beautiful products and prototypes submitted to Generate at www.gnr8.biz
Vitamin M editor Marianne adores New York and has become shamelessly addicted to eavesdropping on Manhattanites’ conversations. It’s not always pretty but it’s awfully entertaining. www.overheardinnewyork.com
Heaven forbid Amanda, our publicity and marketing assistant and resident McDreamy addict, miss an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” She catches up on episodes of her favourites shows (and future McHusbands) at www.fanpop.com
November 7th, 2007
Worried about sifting through the newspapers looking for live music only to end up at a KFed Karaoke concert?
Now that’s one hot ticket.
Chalked Up, http://vancouver.chalkedup.com/events