October 8th, 2013
How about an idea? Gather the best independent boutiques across Canada, and create one convenient shopping site.
That’s exactly the premise behind the freshly launched Garmentory, a shop that not only curates the unique selections for us, but also let’s us play the game of haggle. Instead of clicking “purchase,” Garmentory let’s us “make an offer” the old school market way. Your offer will either be accepted or rejected by the store, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try and save a couple of bucks. On our radar: Suno Rose Sweater ($396) from Violet Boutique and the Braid Ring ($110) from Alynne Lavigne.
Offers made, now we cross our fingers. —Anya Georgijevic
September 24th, 2013
Although we have a closet full of super stylish towering heels (and even more since discovering, The September), we often find ourselves grabbing from the pile of practical shoes next to our front door.
The everyday heroes should get as much of an investment as sparkly heels that get worn once a season. Vancouver’s Umeboshi has gone online with a beautifully curated selection of wearable shoes, flats and low heels that will get us to work – even on our bike – in style. We love the Chloe loafer by Grenson ($345) for busy days on our feet, and the Bernice boot by Coclico ($435, pictured) for a day of meetings followed by drinks.
They might not last as long as those sparkly stilettos because you’ll find yourself wearing them every day, but that's OK. It's money well spent and justification for buying a new pair next season. That’s reason enough for us. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 17th, 2013
Until recently, the only way to buy designer shoes for the same price as our American counterparts was to head for the border.
The girls behind shoe e-tailer The September decided to make things easier for us – and sell us shoes at the same price as our southerly neighbours. That’s right: no duty and no shipping. Shop classics like Valentino studded pumps ($1,075) and Marc by Marc Jacobs ballerina flats ($208), or statement pieces like these Aquazzura gold sandals ($745.)
If you’re like us, you’re thinking this is too good to be true. We checked up on them – and found that their shoes were priced pretty much the same as their American equivalents. The September is giving the big shopping sites a run for their money. Or maybe a slow walk, because these heels are high. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 14th, 2013
Some of us swear we aren’t going to dress our daughters in ruffles and bows and pink. But then they are born, and we are longing to put them in ruffles and bows and pink.
So Vancouver-based Over the Loom is the perfect shopping destination for a special occasion. We’ll dress our girls in pink lace dresses with brooches ($29.50) and floral tulle cardigans ($32.95) for parties, high tea, and weddings. And they’ve not forgotten our little boys, who will be mini gentleman in this grey pinstripe two piece waistcoat romper ($24.)
These are also the kind of outfits that inspire us to get the whole family dressed for a portrait, and if we can’t get them to sit still, the pink tulle will look lovely blurred. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
September 10th, 2013
We squealed with delight when we learned BaubleBar, an online jewellery retailer founded by two twenty-something New Yorkers, was finally shipping to Canada.
The site is stocked weekly with the latest trends in statement necklaces, stacked cuff, drop earrings and oversized rings to keep every body part adorned, while the Guest Bartender section has exclusive collections with celebs and fashion and beauty types.
Prepare to see a lot more of your postie. —Sara Samson
August 22nd, 2013
There’s no shortage of stylish online fashion boutiques, but when it comes to decor, we've had serious catalogue envy.
As of today, Zara's accessibly-priced, super stylish home textiles, cutlery, tableware, and furniture are available online. We will be “throwing” the faux fur throws ($199) onto our beds and sofas, dishing out homemade meals on the darling tableware (pieces start at $11.60), and sleeping soundly on the gorgeous patterned bedding (starting at $25.90).
We really couldn’t be happier that Zara has come out of the closet and into our homes. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Online shopping launches August 22, www.zarahome.com
August 20th, 2013
While our image of Spanish fashion is one piece bikinis (they actually just sell the bottoms in many stores), the next thing that comes to mind is buttery soft leathers, crisp tailoring, and well-made accessories.
Which pretty much sums up the selection at Massimo Dutti, Zara’s chicer, older sister brand which is launching e-commerce this week in Canada (as well as a store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre). We love the brown leather jacket ($475), the camel trousers with leather buckles on the waistband ($118), and the flat knee high boots ($328) – classic staples that will work in our closet for years.
Editor's Tip: We suggest you order by Zara sizing since these two brands are from the same company. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Launches August 22 at www.massimodutti.com
August 19th, 2013
For (too many) years, a postal code meant that ordering organic beauty products online was a futile mission.
At long last, many of our favourites are now available online and north of the 49th. When looking for natural skincare, browse no further than the Health Hut, with scrubs, creams, oils and masks that are eco-friendly and free from chemicals and preservatives.
We're utterly devoted to Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Essence toner ($72) and for a reliable sunscreen sans chalky residue, Consonant is a winner. A high quality oil such as Kahina Argan oil ($82, pictured) can be massaged into skin for even tone and added moisture.
Every girl should know about this non-toxic beauty boutique. Pass it on. —Athena Tsavliris
July 30th, 2013
Hunting down vintage pieces requires endless scouring, but one of Canada’s favourite designers has done all the heavy lifting for us
We’ve been spending our spare time perusing the amazing wares on Charlie Ford Vintage, designer and one-time Bachelorette star Jillian Harris’ newest venture. The online store sources one-of-a-kind items from all over the world and the best part is, they are delivered directly to your door.
We are fawning over the beautiful jewellery, carefully selected home accents, quirky art and mid-century furniture. Add a little old world charm to your life with the circa 1920 Italian Vanity ($1850), Austrian Brooch ($27) or the Royal Typewriter ($200).
Now all we need is a bigger apartment. —Sara Samson
July 16th, 2013
Another day, another e-store? That is what we thought, until we had a proper look at the goodies stocked on Twig & Boat.
Featuring independent designers and artists, the Vancouver-based site’s curated selection of fashion, beauty, art, and home really stood out. We’ve got our eye on the Jordan River Soapwork’s Grapefruit and Bergamot body butter (100g for $32), Justine Brooks’ silver bee pendant ($140) and the Gribouilliz King of Fashion prints (we like Gaultier the best, $140).
We may not have been looking for another reason to shop, but we're sure glad we found one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg