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/
February 12th, 2013
Between being stuffed in a make-up case and tossed in a suitcase pocket, accessories don't exactly travel first class.
Untangle those necklaces and protect those bracelets in a handmade travel jewelry case by Vancouver’s Vic & Albie. The compact case unfolds to reveal clear pockets for all your favourite rings ‘n' things.
It’s like putting your jewellery into its very own champagne-serviced sleeper pod. —Kelsey Dundon
$45 at www.vicandalbie.com
February 6th, 2013
There are two ways you could wear a snake around your neck.
And if Britney Spears at the VMAs circa 2001 isn’t a look you’d rock, then this just might be. Tiffany’s snake necklace by Elsa Peretti has arrived on the scene just in time for the Year of the Snake. Available in sterling silver and 18k gold it’s subtly serpentine and oh so elegant, suited more to a real princess than a pop princess.
November 30th, 2012
This weekend, we opened our team's purses, closets and cupboards and had them reveal the everyday items they love. Catch up on the entire series here, here and here.
Being pregnant and chasing an 18-month-old doesn’t leave me with much time to get dressed, let alone choose accessories. My Alden Rae is my “arm party” staple. I wear two, linked, and wrapped around my wrist eight times. $49 each, at Shut Up I Love This.
Children Inspire makes the cutest wall hangings, which are available in a multitude of languages. We just bought my son the Swedish alphabet poster ($30) and French farm animal wall cards ($22.) www.childreninspiredesign.com
We love and use the entire Weleda baby range, and their Calendula Weather Protection Cream is amazing for kid’s face and lips in the cold weather, especially when the skin around their nose gets all dry from being wiped all the time. I’ll be stealing some for cold winter walks and ski season. $15.99 at select markets.
My drink of choice is San Pellegrino’s Sparkling Fruit Beverages, basically adult fizzy pops. I hoard them in my storage room, and when guests are lucky, I’ll serve them. The Limonata is my favourite. San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages available at most grocery stores.
How can I not use this opportunity to self-promote, and tell people about my favourite nightwear? This holiday season my husband, family, and I will all be sleeping well in The Sleep Shirt, my nightwear project. Simple, comfortable, and roomy, it’s the best way to sleep. $195-$210, www.thesleepshirt.com
October 5th, 2012
One of VitaminDaily.com’s ambassadors (check her out in the banner photo above), the always-chic Sunny Shum, just launched her own online accessory store.
Shut Up I Love This carries a special selection of pieces inspired by some of her most stylish friends (we hope that includes us!). Keep those harmful spirits away with Ettika’s beaded Hamsa bracelet ($58), or make a simple T-shirt look like a million bucks with Ka’kia’s intricately weaved silver necklace ($225). Have one of those noses that can’t hold a pair of sunglasses without them ending up on your lap? Canadian eyewear Kay Tran is especially designed to fit petite noses. Who knew?
Seriously: no talking, just shopping. —Anya Georgijevic
September 12th, 2012
From nature to architecture to fairytales and tapestries, designers find inspiration everywhere.
For South African born, Toronto-based jewellery designer, Tenielle Franklin it was vintage Goyard, Malle and Moynat trunks that inspired her latest collection of dramatic necklaces ($100-$700)
Hardware is the theme, and chunky chains, studs, padlocks and clasps characterize the collection. Franklin travels the globe in search of materials – ribbon from Japan, silver from South East Asia and her signature charms from the Middle East. Look for pyrite polished beads, Peruvian opals and freshwater pearls.
Wear with a simple a white shirt, and prepare to inspire envy. —Athena Tsavliris
July 24th, 2012
Relaxed, effortless, bohemian outfits seem to fit in well with hot weather and the long, lazy days of summer.
The Vallée necklace, by Montreal jewelry designer Caroline Néron is a great accessory to complement the long skirts, loose blouses, denim shorts, and easy summer dresses we wear on holiday. The necklace, made from antique gold plated metal and leather, can be worn five ways: as a bracelet, a belt, and three different ways around the neck.
And the five-in-one feature makes sense when you are packing light, because there’s nothing bohemian about going on holiday with five suitcases. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
The Vallée necklace, $110 from www.bijouxcarolineneron.com
June 20th, 2012
What’s thousands of years old, new this spring and fits in the palm of your hand?
Frey Wille’s Magic Sphinx collection. Inspired by mythical creatures of the ancient world, these rings ‘n’ things are, like all Frey Wille’s jewelry, handcrafted in Vienna out of gold and enamel. Some of these pieces require dozens of steps to create -- an arduous process, yes, but nowhere near as daunting as guarding the pyramids for all of eternity. —Kelsey Dundon
Gold-plated rings from $535. Frey Wille, 511 Howe St., Vancouver, www.frey-wille.com
May 8th, 2012
Instead of flowers, surprise Mom with a beautiful piece of local jewellery. (We won’t tell if you shop for yourself too.)
There are thousands of maple trees in Vancouver, and Justine Brooks’ maple seed necklace is a touching metaphore for motherhood. $110 from her Etsy store or Forsya, 2206 Main St., Vancouver.
Red Carpet Ready
Lolo’s Oscar Week Piece was given out at the Oscar's Red Carpet Style Lounge, but the main reason why we like it is because it is light, delicate, and versatile just like mom. $150 from Lolo’s website or available from Wear Else.
What a Gem (Sponsored)
The magical Crystal Haze collection of jewel-coloured rings, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks at PALLADIO is created from some of nature’s most exotic gemstones and metals, Melding modern technique and traditional in craftsmanship, it combines laser-cutting with materials as old as time. By joining facetted crystal over a layer of natural precious stone the colour is illuminated to produce a holographic-like haze of colour. PALLADIO, 855 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, www.palladiocanada.com
Summer is on its way and these Fringe Benefits earrings by Keltie Leanne are made from turquoise and would work beautifully with a bikini and white kaftan for the yummy mummy. $78 online, beach holiday not included.
Diamonds are Forever
These diamond slice stud earrings from Biko are for the woman who likes bold, simple jewelry. Or the one who loves very big diamonds. $59 at Rowan Sky, 334 Cordova St., Vancouver. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
April 10th, 2012
It is very complicated to launch a fashion line, especially when there are sizes, styles, and materials to contend with.
Which is probably why the girls behind Vancouver-based Alden Rae decided to keep things simple. Their collection features one product: a leather wrap bracelet with sterling silver beads. But it is a pretty fantastic wrap bracelet, and we are thinking we might double them up on our wrists for summer.
However if you do like having choice, there are options: the leather bracelets come in eight colours. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg