May 14th, 2013
Come summertime, heavy undergarments belong buried deep in our underwear drawers. A breezier alternative hails all the way from Denmark.
BASE (Basic Aesthetic for Sustainable Easywear) Range lingerie is made with lightweight organic bamboo fabric. Basic is the keyword here—no frills, no unnecessary embellishment—just simple silhouettes that fit. We love the highwaisted panty ($28) for its vintage granny-like style, and the triangle bra ($48) is sure to not overwhelm under all those skimpy summer tank tops.
Basic does it. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at One of a Few, 354 Water St., Vancouver, 604-605-0685, www.oneofafew.com
May 10th, 2013
Looking for a late-night snack after quaffing a few Gastown cocktails, but no longer have the stomach for cheap donair and cardboard pizza? Don't noodle over it - head to restaurateur Mark Brand's newest venture, No. 1 Noodle House.
Located in the much-loved "old Boneta" space, Brand is bringing post-bar ramen to the masses with his 75+ seat joint. We recommend a bowl of Tonkotsu, served with pork broth, pork belly, soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots and mizuna ($9.50). Also on the current modestly-sized and modestly-priced menu is bahn mi, chicken wings, spring rolls and edamame.
Still in its soft open phase (with menus being finalized and liquor licence pending), earn cool points with your gang by being the first in the noodle know.
Cash only, open for lunch and dinner, No. 1 Noodle House, 1 Cordova St. W., Vancouver, www.no1noodlehouse.ca
May 3rd, 2013
We may have traumatic memories of trying to climb a rope in 9th grade gym class, but one thing we do look back fondly on is our gym class attire.
Toronto's Muttonhead has launched a Locker Room pop-in-shop at Gastown's Board of Trade boutique, and its urban athletic aesthetic has us doing jumping jacks. The unisex spring/summer collection, inspired in part by vintage baseball cards, looks like a '70s track-and-field meet, minus the polyester.
The made-in-Canada pieces include a Henley baseball shirt ($92), a lightweight French terry Camping Hoodie ($132) and Duck Shorts ($143) constructed from sustainable fabrics like tencel, organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.
Now we're feeling like a good sport.
Muttonhead Locker Room at Board of Trade on until May 5, 206 Carrall St., Vancouver and online at www.muttonheadcollective.com
April 3rd, 2013
Sporty does it. Especially when combined with chic tailoring.
A Vancouver Island native, Eliza Faulkner graduated from the famed Central Saint Martins in London, and honed her talents working with Erdem and Roland Mouret. Her breezy S/S 2013 collection hits that sweet spot between sporty and dressy, basically describing everything we want to wear this season. A neutral palette of white, black and blue linens is complimented with a vivacious burst of bright orange. The Manoush skirt ($200) might just become our go-to item for summer event hopping—we’ll be the ones looking comfortably chic. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at Eugene Choo, 3683 Main St., Vancouver, 604-873-8874, www.eugenechoo.com, and Dream, 311 West Cordova St., Vancouver, 604-683-7326.
March 18th, 2013
As spring gets closer and closer, we get more and more hyped to bust out best sailor chic.
We may have discovered the perfect accessory to complete that look. Vancouver-based designer Wing Yu, working under the label WWake, creates striking necklaces and bracelets using colourful rope. These soft and sculptural pieces are just the type of statement pieces we’ve been looking for to dress up our vast collection of striped tees. We’ve got our eyes set on the ‘Amena’ two-tone necklace ($132), the epitome of summer. Now all we need is that Saint-Tropez vacation and the look is complete. —Anya Georgijevic
At One of a Few, 354 Water St., Vancouver, 604-605-0685, http://www.oneofafew.com/
January 22nd, 2013
Flimsy, disposable plastic bags are never on our grocery list.
But this stylish shopper, bearing our city’s name, definitely is. Slick in natural jute, with leather handles and waterproof lining, the Vancouver Market Bag is a collaboration between one of our favourite local stores, Old Faithful Shop, and Apolis, a brand that provides opportunities for local craftsmen around the globe.
But saving-the-world aside, can you just picture how lovely your produce and a baguette would look sticking out of this thing? —Anya Georgijevic
$65 at Old Faithful Shop, 320 W. Cordova St., Vancouver, 778-327-9376, www.oldfaithfulshop.com
January 4th, 2013
Last year I resolved to dress sexier, underneath.
Quitting the budget 5 for $25 Costco pack proved to be more challenging than I thought. Tighty whities and I have a comfortable, familiar relationship, but it’s one that does nothing to my “oomph” esteem.
2013 comes with an introduction to Fortnight Lingerie, a slinky Toronto-based line with the comfort of cotton basic, and without the stabby underwire and alien-looking foam cups. Having picked its Mira Long Line bra ($110) and matching Mira knickers ($48), I can attest that Fortnight delivers classically beautiful lingerie with ease—it’s sure to stop me from reaching into that dreaded sale bin.
Sexy does it. —Anya Georgijevic
Available at LYNNsteven Boutique, 225 Carrall St., Vancouver, 604-899-0808, www.lynnsteven.com
October 26th, 2012
The next few months call for copious amounts of comfort food and we know just the place to go.
Lily Mae’s Comfort Café is a charming little bistro that just opened in Gastown, described as a “French café meets prairie kitchen.” We escaped the heavy rain and popped into its sweet Parisian interior for a light lunch of a fresh Crab & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad ($13), but then we upped the calorie ante with a southern comfort side dish known as Spoon Bread ($4.50), a delicious hybrid of grits and soufflé.
Fully licensed and hearty, we have a feeling we’ll become rainy day regulars. —Anya Georgijevic
Lily Mae’s Comfort Café, 12 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-558-2599, www.lilymaes.ca
October 24th, 2012
Packaged Halloween costumes tend to give us a fright, so this year we're going for more glam, less ghoul.
Elegance in Disguise
Unless you are going to a big Halloween party that requires elaborate costumes, it seems a bit of a hassle putting in a huge effort to answer the door to kids. But of course we never want to be seen as the spoilsport, so we are dressing up the chicest way possible with these Dolci Follie eyemasks. Handcrafted in Italy, these elegant intricate filigree metal masks are decorated in Swarovski crystals and tie with black satin ribbons at the back. From $90 at Secret Location, 1 Water St., Vancouver, 604-685-0090, www.secretlocation.ca
Haunting our Closet
The new Topshop at the Bay downtown is a shopping wonderland, and we were drawn to the Halloween-inspired pieces, like this boo-riffic (sorry, we can't resist) J.W. Anderson ghost sweater ($130, pictured) or skeleton leggings ($46). At Topshop at the Bay, www.thebay.com
This is the one night of year creepy crawlies are not just expected, but welcome. For a last-minute dress-up, go with the Paperself Spider Eyelashes ($25.95); expect intense eye contact all night long as people try to glimpse at the spiders in their web. $25.95 at Spa Boutique, www.spaboutique.ca
October 23rd, 2012
It’s hard to get excited about a printed t-shirt these days, unless it is really spectacular. Luckily that’s the case with the Lauren Moshi collection.
The artist/designer sibling duo create art pieces and clothing with pretty illustrations of peacock feathers, lips, peace signs, or big herringbone bows. And for a limited time, the prints and the T-shirts will be available at Gastown’s Ishara boutique.
So in theory, your top could match the art in your living room. That gives a whole new meaning to the term wallflower, and we like it. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Lauren Moshi pop up gallery at Ishara boutique, from October 19-November 17, 38 Water St., Vancouver, 604-264-7494, www.shopishara.com