May 17th, 2011
Tina Fey released a hilarious tell-all memoir, Bossypants, full of witty self-deprecation and helpful advice on everything from surviving adolescence to being the boss lady. We could go on and on, but here are five things we learnt from our imaginary BFF Tina.
1. Your awkward teenage years will inevitably turn into awkward adult years. Embrace it!
2. It might be possible to have “bad nail beds,” although no one really knows what this means. “Lunch lady arms,” on the other hand, we totally understand.
3. Avoid cruise ships at all costs. This also means that we should also try and avoid marrying a man with a fear of flying.
4. Boys are gross. And they sometimes pee in jars. Enough said.
5. Turning forty means that we can take off our pants as soon as we get home. We really look forward to that. —AG
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March 3rd, 2011
From the outside, it looks like the glamourous Kelly Wearstler leads a charmed life.
From the inside, it does too. The interior designer, best known for transforming the world's coolest spaces (think BG at Bergdorf Goodman and the Viceroy Palm Springs), has just launched a blog. My Vibe, My Life gives us a peek into Wearstler’s creative process as she embarks on her designs, which now include a forthcoming jewellery line and ready to wear collection.
Suddenly, we’re hoping Kelly Wearstler will not only design us a closet, but fill it too. —KD
January 27th, 2011
Bronté sisters, Coen brothers, Olsen Twins—there’s a slew of talented siblings out there. But our vote for funniest familial twosome goes to David and Amy Sedaris.
We’ve sung praises for the former, a humorist known for his self-deprecating short stories, but haven’t yet confessed our adoration of his sister, the kookier of the pair, so let’s do that now. The 49-year-old comedienne isn’t afraid to look strange, as evidenced in the television show she co-created, Strangers with Candy. She’s also published idiosyncratic instructional guides, and for her latest entitled Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, she’s just launched a hilarious new YouTube channel.
Make “Amy Sedaris Makes Potato Ships” your laughternoon break and you’ll join her fan club too.
September 28th, 2010
While many of the haute off the runway gowns that Carey Mulligan donned for the latest issue of Vogue couldn’t be zipped up (the lighter than lithe actor’s derriere wasn’t sample size), the vintage Cordobès hat she sported in the fashion spread fit her to tee.
We found the hard-to-find Cordobès at Granville Island’s Edie Hats in classic black, brown and grey ($190-$250). Shipped in from Seville, the felt flat-brimmed, flat-topped style has a history in the flamenco and equestrian spheres of Spain.
If a big brim is too bold-headed, warm to the trendy topper with a Montreal-made Robert Hall porkpie ($129) tipped back.
At Edie Hats, 4-1666 Johnston St. (Granville Island), Vancouver, 604-683-4280, www.ediehats.com
September 15th, 2010
Audrey Hepburn launched subtle-sexy and LBD chic but it might never have happened were it not for a little film called Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
It heralded the career of Givenchy and the rise of the new '60s dame, one who didn’t live in the kitchen and spoke her mind. Sam Wasson’s Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m. is a page-turning look at the making of Blake Edward’s film filled with juicy details about Truman Capote’s narcissism (he hated the script and wanted Marilyn Monroe for the lead) and how Hepburn nearly refused to eat Danish in the film’s iconic opening scene (she lobbied for an ice cream cone).
It’s the perfect cure for the mean reds.
$16.05 at Amazon.ca
August 4th, 2010
If your favourite summer reads include steamy romance novels with a barely-clad Fabio on the cover, put down the paperbacks and pick up Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century.
The story of “Liz and Dick” by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger reveals the often shocking marriage of the twice married (and twice divorced) couple. Their stormy union—filled with plenty of sex, scandal, fame and fortune—began on the set of Cleopatra in 1962 and spanned over 20 years, making them the most glamorous on-again-off-again duo Hollywood has ever seen.
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July 21st, 2010
What is Will without Grace?
A ruthless real estate agent named Ricky Roma.
Eric McCormack, the Canuck thespian behind TV’s Will Truman, will grace the stage in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s rendering of Glengarry Glen Ross opening tomorrow. With its foul, fast-talking Mamet speak, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is sure to take your mind off the slow housing market.
That and McCormack’s cuteness. Sold!
Glengarry Glen Ross runs July 22-August 22 at the Stanley Theatre, 2750 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-687-1644, tickets from $25, www.artsclub.com
July 9th, 2010
Does the thought of your daughter looking up to socialite panty flashers keep you up at night?
Creating an outlet for bright and funny females is web series Smart Girls at the Party. Hosted by Amy Poehler (of Saturday Night Live fame), the short webisodes are filmed with a wink towards Inside the Actors Studio, but instead of celebrities, you get intelligent females, like 7-year-old skateboarder and feminist Ruby.
This is Girl Power we can get behind.
Watch Smart Girls at the Party here.
March 8th, 2010
A modern day Holly Golighty looking for fame-worthy frocks would shop where the walls are painted Tiffany Blue.
That shop is the brand new Holly. Stocked with lines beloved by stars (La Rok, Rachel Pally, Jay Godfrey) and made by stars (Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow, Erin Wasson’s Low Luv), thumbing through the boutique’s racks is like flipping through the style section of US Weekly. What would we get snapped in? Kain grey pocket tee ($98), Genetic Denim black lace cigarette jean ($290) and Charlie My Love blue tie-dye sandals ($280).
Someone tell TMZ style has flown North for the spring.
Holly, 215-332 Water St., Vancouver, 604-681-8883, www.shopholly.ca
January 5th, 2010
We’ve never been terribly fond of math, but culture math is another story. For instance: New Year + cold weather = cool new music.
And the recent record we’ve got on repeat is our girl crush Charlotte Gainsbourg’s latest, IRM. Written and produced by Beck, the album is decidedly more alt than her last, and here Beck’s electronic eclecticism and quirky percussion lends itself well to Charlotte’s breathy vocals. Case in point, the title track, short for "Imagerie par résonance magnétique," which we know as MRI in English, incorporates Charlotte’s crooning over the pulsating sounds of a medical machine and drumbeats. It sounds weird, but it works.
The rest of the rhythms that fuse French and English, including a cover of the French Canadian Jean-Pierre Ferland’s song “Le chat du café des artistes,” are par excellence.
$16.99 at HMV, www.hmv.ca