November 18th, 2010
From the peace sign to hang loose, we’re very fond of two finger salutes. Now we’ve gone and made it official by putting a ring on ‘em.
To give double finger rings a trial run, consider Aldo’s subtlety punk Pouge twosome (a steal at under $15). Take your love of the trend up a notch with the clean lines of Homeroom’s two finger ring ($96), or spend a little more for the standout Black Spot two finger with filigree flourishes from Digby & Iona ($220-$240).
It takes two, baby.
October 27th, 2010
Today's All Signs Horoscope: You have the "all clear" to treat yourself to something shiny.
Keeping that in mind we picked up a pretty Privileged Zodiac chunky charm bracelet ($42) from Kitsilano's Wish.list Boutique. With all the astrological signs on hand, we opted for our own Aries symbol and will be wearing it whenever we need to send the universe a stylish message.
Mercury in retrograde is no match against our charm.
Wish.list Boutique, 2811 West Broadway, Vancouver, 604-676-8070, www.wishlistboutique.ca
August 10th, 2010
Whether there is any truth to the power of crystals to clear blockages from the body's electromagnetic field, they’ve certainly got an aura of cool.
What began as a therapeutic outlet became a bauble business, Solis Jewelry. Designed first in the rocky mountains of Nelson and now in Vancouver, the local line pairs gorgeous geodes and gemstones with delicate chains. Designer Carolyn MacKinnon’s weighty quartz point pieces ($45-$70) and raw citrine dipped in gold ($45) especially rock.
Consider it alternative medicine for your décolletage.
May 31st, 2010
Attention beachcombers: Leave the molluscs where they lay (they’ll just sit in a bowl anyway), because there’s an easier way to bring the beauty of the beach back with you.
Vancouverite Karen Hendry creates a mold of the unique shells she collects from around the world and casts them in silver so they can be worn forever. Her line of necklaces, Karenjess, includes Australia, Mexico, Hawaii, Tofino and Vancouver, and we hear Costa Rica is on the way.
Now if only she could figure out a fashionable turn for our jar of sand souvenirs.
$108-$162 at Sitka, 1864 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-568-9935, www.sitkasurfboards.com
February 4th, 2010
If our Facebook news feed over the holidays was any indication, it’s going to be a banner year for summer weddings. For those soon to be betrothed, we have a few recommendations to help plan the big day.
James Moes is a young shutterbug with talent in spades. Not restricted to one style, we’ve seen him produce both modern and retro shots from the same shoot, and the stealthy way he captures the after party is unparalleled. www.holyholymatrimony.com
If your “something old” happens to be an heirloom ring handed down to you that just doesn’t suit your style, consider having Jessie Turner modernize it. She’ll take your old jewels and melt down bygone gold to craft a new ring you love. www.jessieturner.ca
The new Get Fresh Flowers shop on Davie Street may be small, but packs a powerful punch with beautiful bouquets and vases. Bring in your ideas and they’ll work with you to create something fragrant and fashionable. www.getfreshflowers.ca
Have your cake look good and eat it too with The Uncommon Cake. Or get creative and give guests custom-made cookies instead. Whether you’re going for elegant or whimsical, baker and decorator Jill Shumka is a whiz with confections. www.theuncommoncake.com
For more wedding “shop talk” head to the Forum.
November 17th, 2009
Surprise parties, the details of a gyno appointment and Twilight obsessions should be kept on the down low. But a jewellery collection inspired by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hendrix should not.
The new dl collection from Dotted Loop is a unisex line of baubles with a retro rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Designed by Vancouverites Teresa Smed and Lee Deciantis, all pieces are one-of-a-kind, made mostly of vintage jewellery found at antique fairs, flea markets and estate sales.
We love the marching band-esque aiguillettes ($248-$348) that on one end pin to your chest and the other to your shoulder. There are other ways to wear it too. Attach it to the brim of a hat, or tie the strand of leather it comes with on both ends for a more conventional necklace.
Now you’ve got the low down on the dl.
October 6th, 2009
Smooth, strong, shapely—it’s everything we look for in a cuff.
Cast in ruthenium-covered copper that gives the look of gunmetal, the new Elsa Peretti charcoal bone cuff from Tiffany’s is an arresting accessory well-suited to the bold, sculptural silhouettes of fall.
With one for lefties and one for righties, you could slip one on each wrist and pay homage to a particular female crime fighter this Halloween. Wonder who?
$545 at Tiffany & Co., 723 Burrard St., Vancouver, 604-630-1300, www.tiffany.ca
May 5th, 2009
You can’t put a price on a mother’s love, but you can show her you love her at any price point. Herewith, Vitamin Daily Vancouver's top 5 prezzies (from $25 to a splurge) to make Mom feel posh this Mother’s Day:
Send her to see smoky songstress (and super mom) Diana Krall perform ballads and bossa nova standards from her new album Quiet Nights at the Orpheum on Thursday, May 14. From $69.50 at www.ticketmaster.ca
Have her smelling as young as she feels with a bottle of Ageless perfume—its notes of pink grapefruit, mango, pomegranate, jasmine and vanilla musk have been clinically-proven to make you smell eight years younger to others (but no matter what your age, the scent is delightful). $98 at The Bay, www.agelessfantasy.com
Give her a dash of timeless Italian style with a lovely, lightweight summer scarf by Faliero Sarti, fine fabric supplier to the likes of Giorgio Armani and Ann Demeulemeester. From $231 at Misch, www.misch.ca
May 1st, 2009
Between scheduling your kids' play dates and piano lessons, don't forget to pick out something pretty for yourself for Mother's Day. Whether it's brunch or a bracelet, we've got gifts for every type of mom. (PS: Forward this along to dad—he'll appreciate the hint!)
The Yummy Mummy:
This fun and flirty jumpsuit ($190) by Barila Clothing goes from playtime to cocktail hour with a quick accessory change. Available in Vancouver at Fine Finds or contact Barila for a store near you. www.barilaclothing.com
Treat the new mom in your life to mimosas and eggs benny at the The Sutton Place Hotel. Vancouver and Toronto are introducing a baby menu on Sunday, May 10 just in time for family brunch. $46 for adults, $23 for kids under 12, www.suttonplace.com
April 21st, 2009
When this season’s big baubles become burdensome, lighten up with the lithe and lovely collection from Montrealer Arielle de Pinto.
Walking the line between art and fashion, the jewellery designer’s self-developed method of crocheting thin strands of silver and vermeil is stunning. From lattice-like necklaces to an intricate racerback tank, her pieces are anything but average and get snapped up by the stylish as soon as they arrive in stores.
The only real weighty matter—how to choose just one from her lookbook to special order.
From $250 at One of A Few, 354 Water St., Vancouver, 604-605-0685, www.oneofafew.com