February 28th, 2012
Christmas passed… Valentine’s Day is but a memory… and we still don’t own a piece of Liz Taylor’s estate. We are now sure our partner didn’t bid on any of the jewels. Sob.
But owning a Taylor-esque piece is not completely impossible. Alan Anderson, a Canadian costume jeweler whose amethyst cuff was amongst the many pieces that sold well beyond the estimated price at the late actress’ jewellery auction, will be holding a special sale of his spring summer collection at Holt Renfrew this week. Expect rare vintage pastel coloured crystals set in 14 carat rose gold, and sautoirs of tanzenite and amethyst.
Now all we need to do is find ourselves a Richard Burton and send him down to Holts on Saturday. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
See Alan Anderson’s spring summer 2012 collection at Holt Renfrew on March 2nd and 3rd. Holt Renfrew, 777 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-681-3121, www.jewelsbyalananderson.com
February 23rd, 2012
Business hours are for business, so what's a girl to do when she's got other important errands and not enough time in the day?
Enter Village Cleaners—a "wet cleaner" complete with an automated pick-up/drop-off service that allows you to stop by in the wee hours pre-work (grab a coffee at nearby Terra Breads) or late night en route to a dinner party (did we mention Legacy Liquor next door?). The eco-friendly cleaning process even passed the test of Vitamin Daily publisher Tara Parker Tait and her uber-sensitive skin, all while salvaging her forgone Rag & Bone cardigan.... Tons of free parking and a Swarovski chandelier make this spot (and the neighborhood) every stylish girl's dream come true. —Libby Shumka
Village Cleaners, 1637 Manitoba St., Vancouver, 604-818-2818, www.facebook.com/villagecleaners
February 22nd, 2012
Our annual roundup of the chicest wedding resources
My perfect evening wouldn’t have happened without the creative genius of my wedding planners, Spread Love Events. Gold and white chevron trays for the cocktails? They’ll source them—and if they can’t, they’ll hand-paint them (true story). www.spreadloveevents.com
Beyond simply creating the most delectable (and gorgeous) three-tiered raspberry chocolate ganache confection, Jill at The Uncommon Cake suggested referencing décor details in the design of the entire dessert buffet—chevron cookies for everyone! www.theuncommoncake.com
I became obsessed with the idea of letterpress invites – something so old-school about them. Sunlit Letterpress designed and printed them to perfection. www.sunlit-letterpress.com
What do you get the couple who has everything (or at least more Reidels than our cupboards can bear)? Wedistry.com might just be the best thing to happen to weddings since Monique Lhuillier. A “convenient and customizable money gifting wedding registry in which couples receive money for the things they want and need, instead of a lot of gifts they don’t.” Genius right? —Libby Shumka
February 21st, 2012
Army gear usually means old camouflage cargo pants found in dusty surplus stores.
But that’s not the case when the ‘surplus’ store is Vancouver’s ultra cool Inventory Stockroom, who just received another shipment of their Deadstock Swedish Army Belts ($75). These hard to find belts are all slightly different, made from a tan leather and embossed with a Swedish crown logo. Not only do they age beautifully, we also love the fact that this is the belt worn by those rugged Viking soldiers when they… do military exercises in the snow (we doubt they are fighting, that’s just not very Swedish.)
And this purchase is guilt-free, pretend you are buying it for your man, so it’s not considered shopping for yourself. Then lend it to him, but only occasionally. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At Inventory Stockroom, 45 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-568-5889, or online at www.stockroom.inventorymagazine.com
February 6th, 2012
When our jewelry comes packaged with a certificate that says “Wear this small yet powerful Love Medal to maintain an incorruptible kinship of spirit and truth,” we follow orders, sir!
You can expect a certificate with every piece from Love Medals, a jewelry collection by Emily Carr graduate Talia Tanaka. Featuring military-style pins, necklaces, and bracelets cast in bronze, gold, or silver, with luxurious ribbon trim and the option to add Canadian diamonds, her statement jewelry is allowing us to decorate ourselves.
So after the Valentine’s Day battle to secure a date and good reservations, give yourself a medal for bravery, honour and strength. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Beloved Medal, $183, from Love Medals, www.lovemedals.com
January 28th, 2012
If Suri Cruise taught us anything in 2011, it’s that stylish pre-school attire is just as important as learning to tie your shoes.
Inspired by shopping trips to Paris and, of course, les chic petits enfants, Canada’s Dote Baby was born, a brand-new online baby boutique for fashionable parents with a discerning eye.
The store’s extensive international brand selection (shipping to: everywhere) includes adorable, trendy pieces from Sweden’s Cheap Monday, Bébé by Australia’s Minihaha, as well as the must-have, celebrity-adored Minnetonka Moccasins.
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, for the little ones in your life, yourdoting hours are about to go into overdrive. —Caroline Gault
January 25th, 2012
One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to book a holiday as far away as possible from the cold. Of course you’ll need some new threads to go with that holiday. Here are some of the best resort 2012 dresses, depending on your holiday budget.
Hut on a private dock in the Maldives
A dream holiday deserves a gorgeous dress, and this Jason Wu number fits the bill. $1785 from The Room at The Bay, 674 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-754-4672, www.thebay.com
Villa in Bali
This candy pink Sachin + Baby dress has discreet woven pleats and will be perfect for dinners overlooking the sunset. $532 from Violet Boutique, 3012 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-569-1514, www.violetboutique.ca
Timeshare in Mexico
This dress’ loose back leaves lots of room for a cooling breeze, and we love the abstract painted print. $69.95 from H&M Pacific Centre, 609 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-692-0308, www.hm.ca —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
January 24th, 2012
Forget Blair Waldorf’s flowers and bows, we’re looking to the roaring '20s for our new headband inspirations and it looks like we are not the only ones:
1) Marc Jacobs channeled the '20s for both his and Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2012 collections.
2) We don’t think it’s a coincidence that this year also marks the release of The Great Gatsby in which Daisy Buchanan sports an array of chic Art Deco-inspired headbands.
3) Actress Michelle Williams got an early start on Jazz Age flare with her vintage Art Deco band from Fred Leighton.
Now if can only get our hands on a flapper dress or two.
$299 at Sophie’s Closet, www.shopatsophiescloset.com
January 19th, 2012
So we are halfway through January, and our fitness resolutions are either boring us to death, or out the door.
The best way to re-invigorate your exercise routine? Some new activewear (and we aren’t talking the same old yoga pants.) Check out Michi, a collection of fashion forward workout gear inspired by lingerie. Designed by a Canadian (we know our sportswear!) the collection features leggings, tank tops, and sports bras that will keep us looking good from the gym to the coffee shop and finally, to the bedroom (wink, wink.) That’s the REAL reason we are working out, isn’t it? —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
From $80 and free shipping, at Michi, www.michiny.com
November 29th, 2011
The holiday season is the time to add a bit of the Midas touch to our outfits, so this December, go for gold.
Shoes always make the outfit, so we are starting with these glitter gold Miu Miu pumps, $630 from Net A Porter which will perfectly match No. 21’s sequined satin trousers, $886 from Luisa Via Roma.
If you haven’t had enough sequins yet, throw on this Banana Republic tank, $62, underneath this gold bolero from Anthropologie ($118.) The look can be accessorized with a gold purse ($69.50) and link bracelet ($144) both from J Crew, and Joe Fresh’s glitter belt ($8.) Complete the outfit with a coat of Deborah Lipmann Shake Your Groove Thing gold sparkly nailpolish ($22) and a touch of NARS’ Etrusque eyeshadow ($26 from The Bay.)
Even if you end up head to toe in glitter and gold, you’ll be way less tacky than a Christmas sweater. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg