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Sheri Radford

Makes Perfect Scents

By SHERI RADFORD

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A peek inside the Saje At Home concept store

Follow your nose to Saje Natural Wellness, which recently launched its first Saje at Home concept store, inside its popular Robson Street location. This new space features all-natural aromatherapy products for the home or office, including ultrasonic nebulizers, candles and room sprays. Each one is designed to remove toxins and freshen the air. Founded in Vancouver in 1992, Saje now has stores all across the country. What’s that delicious aroma? The sweet smell of success.

The Eyes Have It

By SHERI RADFORD

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Geek-glasses are so chic at C4

These are not your granny’s reading glasses: the latest C4 collection features four edgy styles that make a bold fashion statement. And $5 from each pair goes to the Cause We Care Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity that helps single mothers and their children. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at Nordstrom or online.

DBelt: Clever and Comfy

By SHERI RADFORD

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Keep essentials cleverly concealed with DBelt

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.

Beautiful Baubles at Van Cleef & Arpels

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Van Cleef & Arpels shop within the Birks boutique

Grace Kelly. Elizabeth Taylor. Marlene Dietrich. Van Cleef & Arpels jewels are nearly as iconic as the leading ladies photographed wearing them. The Paris-based brand recently opened a jewel-box boutique inside Birks, and brought its seminal sparklers, timepieces and that certain je ne sais quoi along. Collectors and fashionistas will find the famed jewels in an elegant setting of black and gold, plus a private library for getting to know the sparkling selection a little better.

Winter is Coming

By SHERI RADFORD

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Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow

Stormy with a chance of hilarity. That’s the forecast this month as Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow continues on Granville Island, presented by the Vancouver TheatreSports League (to May 28). Lightning-quick improvisers battle for comedic supremacy, until just one of the great families of Westeros remains to claim the Iron Throne. Weather may be unpredictable, but with this show, the belly laughs are guaranteed.

That’s Amore

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Vancouver Chamber Choir. (Photo: Vancouver Chamber Choir)

What do you get when you take delizioso Italian food and wine, add in fantastico prizes and a silent auction, and set it all against a background of bellissimo music? Divertimento. This fundraiser for the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s community outreach and education programs takes place May 25 at La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano. Salute!

For the Love of Books

By SHERI RADFORD

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Novelty notebooks at Paperbacknote

Old books get a second life thanks to a pair of Vancouver designers. Herman Kao and Helen Pang lovingly dismantle old, unwanted paperbacks and upcycle them into three new products: a notebook, which hides new, blank pages inside an existing book cover; a coaster, which uses the original inside pages and binding to create a conversation piece that goes under your drink; and a hanging ornament using the remaining parts. Who could ask for a happier ending? Look for Paperbacknote products at local markets or online.

Ballet BC’s Program 3

By SHERI RADFORD

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Ballet BC celebrates its 30th anniversary

Dance fans are in for a triple treat this month as Ballet BC celebrates the end of its 30th anniversary with Program 3. The captivating show includes remounts of Emily Molnar’s 16 + a room and Jorma Elo’s I and I am You, plus the Canadian premiere of Bill by Sharon Eyal, an Israeli choreographer known for her daring, sensual works. See all three at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, May 12-14.

Happy Mother’s Day!

On May 8, delight your dear mama with a gift she’s sure to enjoy

By SHERI RADFORD

 

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10th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

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Spot prawns are a BC delicacy

Calling all seafood-lovers: this month, Vancouver is celebrating a species of shrimp as succulent as it is sustainable—the spot prawn. At the 10th annual Spot Prawn Festival (May 13 to 15), events ranging from cooking classes to a black-tie gala all feature the British Columbian delicacy. If you’ve never before sampled a spot prawn, it’s the perfect excuse to try one. And if you have sampled one, then you’ll understand why this festival just grows bigger every year.

For Dapper Dudes

By SHERI RADFORD

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A peek into Frank & Oak’s flagship boutique

Whether you’re daunted by clothes shopping or fearless in your fashion choices (or somewhere in between), Frank & Oak can help improve your sartorial style. The Canadian menswear company opened a flagship location in Gastown a few months ago, and ever since then its style advisors have been helping gents look their best. With new styles arriving each month, the store definitely requires repeat visits. And the on-site juice bar and full-service barber shop offer added enticements.

Pure Gold: The Who

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Not many rock bands make it to the half-century mark, but The Who isn’t just any group. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their backing musicians have sold more than 100 million records and racked up countless hits, including “Substitute,” “Magic Bus,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Catch the band’s golden-anniversary tour—dubbed The Who Hits 50!—at Rogers Arena on May 13. And rock on.