By SHERI RADFORD
Need a cunning spot to stash your cash while travelling? The DBelt can hold money, keys, a cellphone (even the large iPhone 6 Plus) and more, and it hugs the body, hiding comfortably underneath clothing.
One of Winnipeg’s most vibrant ‘hoods offers a cultural mix of shopping and dining from around the world, with trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants catering to the cool and hip. Start a spree at Radiance Gifts for beautiful salt lamps (pictured), and dazzling crystals like smoky quartz. Zen out with a collection of books on chakras and essential oils. Across the street at Peepers Swimwear, find colourful bathing suits perfect for a winter getaway, with brands like Speedo and Roxy. For all that sparkles, visit designer Matti Martin on Lilac St. This local goldsmith creates necklaces, earrings and rings that fuse modern and traditional design. Nearby, step inside Whodunit and bring out your inner detective, with books on crime fiction. Head north on Corydon to Nunavut Gallery and see over 4200 beautiful works of Inuit art. Paintings and sculptures by contemporary Canadian artists make a statement in any space.
On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.
The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.
Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.
Life is like a box of chocolates, but at Rogers’ Chocolates, you always know what you’re going to get: treats to crave and rave about. Get your fix of sweet somethings and don’t be afraid to stock up—the store’s website has detailed instructions on storing your goodies so they stay scrumptious for up to six months.—Rachel Dunlop
For a shopping stop that always bears fruit, visit the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Find fresh fruit and veggies, made-from-scratch baked goods, preserves and plenty of handmade jewellery, art and products for pampering. Purchase an impromptu picnic or pick up a keepsake and immerse yourself in the local flavour.—Jill Von Sprecken
By ADELE BRUNNHOFER
During Stampede season, Calgary street fashion includes everything from business-casual with a bolo tie to head-to-toe cowboy garb. To complete your look, visit some of Calgary’s best-stocked western outfitters. (more…)
Vancouver-based Mala Collective crafts necklaces and bracelets that both look great and are easy on the planet. Handmade in Bali, Indonesia, from ethically produced, sustainably harvested, fairly traded rudraksha seeds combined with gemstones, the pieces have attracted a star following, from Sting to Donna Karan to Julia Roberts, who wore the jewellery in her film Eat, Pray, Love. Find your new favourite eco-friendly accessory at Nicole Bridger or Semperviva Yoga or online at www.malacollective.com.—Sheri Radford
Body Politic has proven that fashion and sustainability can mix. The local online retailer stocks eco-friendly clothing, but you won’t find anything drab or shapeless here. Instead, discover stylish garments with an urban aesthetic, such as Yoga Jeans (pictured) made by Second Denim, a family-run business out of Quebec. Each comfortable, non-restrictive pair is cut, sewn and finished by hand. Visit www.bodypolitic.ca and start shopping sustainably. Bonus: every garment the website sells is made in North America.—Sheri Radford
Think fashion and comfort can’t coexist? Think again. At Miz Mooz Boutique on West 4th, tootsies get pampered in shoes just as comfy as they are fun. Find a huge selection of Miz Mooz (pictured)—including ones difficult to get elsewhere in Canada—as well as show-stopping footwear by Lola Ramona, plus Orthaheel’s podiatrist-designed shoes and sandals that look nothing like orthotics. And to go with your funky new footwear: chic handbags by Melie Bianco.—Sheri Radford
Want to be on-trend but don’t know where to start? Make a free appointment with Topshop’s personal shoppers in The Bay downtown. After an interview to find out your fashion goals, they’ll pull together an array of head-to-toe outfits in your size for you to try on. The shoppers know all the fashion gems hidden in the 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) of floor space—the second-largest Topshop in the world—and they’re ready to share their sartorial secrets.—Sheri Radford
Think designer duds for kids are out of your price range? Think again. A new GapKids and babyGap collection by Diane von Furstenberg offers petite chic without sticker shock. This second collection by the iconic American designer for the popular clothing chain promises to be as eye-catching and colourful as the first. Visit Gap to outfit your pint-sized fashionista. She—and your wallet—will thank you.—Sheri Radford