December 3rd, 2012
Get to know our cross-country team of editors, who have opened their purses, cupboards and closets to reveal their most essential everyday items. Today, our splendid Calgary editor Kait Kucy, shares her favourite things.
I am always on the hunt for unique new recipes (think Miso Clam Chowder!) and the recently redesigned Bon Appetit never fails to show up with the latest in foodie trends, travel ideas and just all-around delicious looking photographs. I channel my inner chef as I peruse each issue and plan my next dinner party. $6.99 on newsstands, www.bonappetit.com
Hailing from New York and San Francisco, Blue Bottle Coffee beans are my absolute favourite brew in the world. I first discovered them at the Ferry Building in San Fran and have been stocking up on their various blends ever since. US$19.50/pound at www.bluebottlecoffee.net
I never go anywhere without at least one Fields Notes books. As a writer and blogger always on the hunt for the latest in lifestyle and fashion trends, I’ve got to have a notebook on hand to jot down ideas and story pitches. I love the colour palette of the National Crop Edition ($19.95) and while they may be modeled after traditional agricultural handbooks, they fit perfectly into my daily urban life. www.fieldnotesbrand.com
A lipstick fiend, I need to keep my lips moisturized and fresh feeling and no one helps me do that like Sugar. Its delicious clear lip balm has become my number one must-have in my make-up bag. It leaves my lips super soft and ready for any shade of lipstick! $26 at sephora.com
June 22nd, 2011
We started off obsessed with Sassy and then grew up into Jane. But when irreverent editor, Jane Pratt, put away her red pen and razor-sharp wit, we had to be content with magazines that taught us how to toe the femininity line.
XOJane is Pratt’s new web magazine “where women go when they are being selfish, and where their selfishness is applauded.” With great advice on how to Do this Don’t, much needed makeunders and terrific tips for us techy types, we know where to go when we’re feeling more clever than Cosmo.
Now that’s sassy stuff. —JN
June 8th, 2011
Finally, a food magazine for those that want to marry their love of food with their love of great writing and visual arts.
Sounds to good to be true? Meet Lucky Peach, a new journal of food writing, published on a quarterly basis by literary nerdom McSweeney’s. Created by chef David Chang of Momofuku fame and the production team behind Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, each issue will explore a single topic through recipes, essays, interviews, illustration and photography, with the first issue focusing on ramen.
Sounds like a marriage made in foodie heaven. —AG
Lucky Peach is available June 14 in bookstores or through an online subscription ($28 plus shipping) from mcsweeneys.net
October 15th, 2010
If Vogue represents your aspirational style and Dwell your ultimate domestic bliss, then new digital publication http://lapetitemag.com may well spell out your fantasy family life.
Now if you could only figure out where she has hidden her brush, today.
September 29th, 2010
“Best of” lists for books are ubiquitous, but what of magazines?
Click into “The Best Magazine Articles Ever” post on Cool Tools, a site run by Wired magazine editor-at-large Kevin Kelly. Based on reader recommendations and voted on, the top 25 includes Esquire’s 1966 piece “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” and the original Outside Magazine article Jon Krakauer based his book Into Thin Air on. Most link to complete transcripts, and there’s a lengthy archived list of all articles put forth that date as far back as 1816.
Bookmark it for those coffee breaks when you can’t commit to War and Peace.
August 25th, 2010
The strapping September issues have just hit newsstands and while we’re fond of trend-packed tomes, we also crave clean, timeless fare.
For the latter our favourite is Corduroy, named for the sartorial staple of History and English professors. Inside are crisp photographs, no-nonsense profiles of interesting people and selections of art from the likes of Guy Bourdin and Robert Longo. Helmed by two Torontonians and printed in Winnipeg, the international mag is Canadian to boot.
Thanks to a recent design refresh, the pages look good enough to frame. Now that’s an idea.
June 7th, 2010
In the back, the editorial team pens upcoming issues and in the front Stockroom they sell sartorial wares right off their pages. Priding themselves on offering unique and hard-to-find labels from Europe, Japan and the US, they stock the likes of Margaret Howell, Nigel Cabourn and The Real McCoy’s, along with their own designer collaborations.
Buy their best-selling, special edition Duluth Utility Pack ($185) for the fella, then tell him to return and stock up on all the good garb it can hold.
Inventory Stockroom, 45 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-568-5889, stockroom.inventorymagazine.com
January 21st, 2010
You know we’re fond of free online magazines, and we’ve got another to add to your bookmark bar that’ll have you dreaming of new home décor.
Lonny, a hybrid of London and New York, is the product of two staffers from the dearly departed Domino magazine. Bringing interior design inspiration to the digital masses, it functions like a paper mag with pages that flip, but unlike tactile tomes you can click an item and you’re taken straight to the seller.
Saving a tree and sourcing a sustainable new chaise in one fell swoop—we like the sound of that.
November 25th, 2009
At home, we have magazines lining the bookshelves, splayed across the coffee table and stacked 10 deep. Just when we’re in trouble of being buried in tomes, another must-read publication is birthed.
Twin magazine has the pedigree (a team of editors from British Vogue, AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused and Lula) and a cache of contributors (Miranda July, The Selby, Garance Doré and first female poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy) to make it our most favourite—in fact all the art and fashion blogs are buzzing about it.
Just a read of the hardback bi-annual’s motto and we think you too will be seeing double.
£23 at www.twinfactory.co.uk
July 21st, 2009
Dose Disclaimer: For those with a history of fashion addiction (guilty!), the following may lead to a severe drop in workplace productivity and a Rachel Zoe complex. Proceed at your own risk.
A Calvin Klein obsession can be a costly habit, but thanks to Looklet, a new site that lets you play stylist with a virtual Vogue closet, our label love don’t cost a thing. Like paper dolls for big people, you choose your model, pick a set and go to town dressing her from head to toe in high-end Louis Vuitton, street smart Topshop and everything in between—even vintage. With a click you can layer tops, tuck pants into boots and switch up how your e-mannequin holds her handbag. When you’re finished, save the ensemble and you'll get three different views that look just like magazine spreads.
“Research” is our justification for spending hours on it. What’s yours?