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Shopping Vancouver

A Few of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of the things we can’t live without this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Hudson’s Bay
Youngsters and oldsters alike love the iconic HBC stripes on everything from onesies, polo shirts and running shoes to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas. At Hudson’s Bay. (more…)

Simple Luxuries at Le fil rouge Textiles

By SHERI RADFORD

Indulgently soft textiles from Le fil rouge

Luxurious textiles from Le fil rouge

When Ellen Walde couldn’t find the natural-textile accessories she was seeking, she decided to make them herself. The result is Le fil rouge Textiles. Walde’s company uses eco-friendly linen in pillows, tablecloths and bedding that are produced in North Vancouver, and sustainable but luxurious baby alpaca in scarves and blankets that are produced in a fair-trade-certified production facility in Peru. The fabrics look great, feel amazing and don’t harm the environment, so you can indulge guilt-free.

Satya Balm

By SHERI RADFORD

Satya's calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Satya’s calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Patrice Mousseau faced a challenge: her baby had developed eczema, and the only remedy offered by doctors was a steroid cream. Mousseau, an experienced journalist based in Metro Vancouver, employed her researching skills to seek a safe but effective alternative. Soon she discovered the flower Calendula officinalis, and she used it as the starting point to create Satya calendula balm. This certified-organic, chemical-free, fragrance-free balm relieves inflammation, soothes irritations and reduces itching, making it ideal for treating eczema, psoriasis, burns, rashes, chafing, insect bites and chapped lips. It comes in a 50-ml jar or a 7-ml travel-sized sliding tin (pictured) that can be refilled easily, so relief is always on hand. At Dandelion Kids and Lussobaby.

Local Spotlight: Lumin Concepts

By SHERI RADFORD

A design-forward light fixture by Lumin Concepts

Light fixtures by Lumin Concepts use reclaimed materials

The bright idea behind Lumin Concepts is also a simple one: reuse materials. Based in Vancouver, this design and fabrication company uses reclaimed wood and salvaged materials in interesting, eye-catching ways. The team scours old houses, hotels, barns and warehouses to find material that’s often more than a century old, then they create one-of-a-kind lighting and furniture that appears to be art but is meant to be used every day. Recycling never looked so good.

Keep it Moving: Fitness Classes in Vancouver

Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can be thrown off their game when travelling. Luckily, creative and convenient classes offer special drop-in rates tailor-made for visitors.

By LAURA DENNIS

Keep it moving while on vacation in Vancouver

There are plenty of ways to keep fit while on vacation in Vancouver

BARRE
Imagine the delicate and graceful movements of ballet combined with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Barre Fitness takes elements from ballet, pilates and interval training to create a workout focused on total-body conditioning and the development of lean muscle mass. The hour-long classes make use of the barre (a stationary handrail about belly-button height), free weights, balls, straps and body weight to target specific muscle groups, followed by deep stretching. Enjoy upbeat music and encouraging instructors in the light and airy Yaletown studio. A perfect pirouette may never be in your future, but toned buns certainly are. Drop-in classes are $22 and can be reserved online. (more…)

Eco-Friendly Art at Reclaimed Print Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

Canvases and coasters sporting one of our favourite themes: Raincouver

Canvases and coasters sporting one of our favourite themes: Raincouver

Who says sustainability has to be boring and serious? The Reclaimed Print Co. uses locally milled sustainable wood in all of its quirky creations. Kat Walker, along with her brother-in-law, husband and father, handcrafts charming wood canvasses and coasters. Our fave designs have a Canadian theme: Raincouver (pictured), the East Van Cross, an inukshuk and ice hockey. Trendier folks prefer the hipster coaster collection, with its beard, bicycle, bow tie, glasses, moustache and pipe designs. And no one can resist the tall, skinny Grouse Lumberjack canvas.

Chic Boutique: much&little

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delphine's designs exude a casual, West Coast vibe

Delphine’s designs exude a casual, West Coast vibe

Main Street’s much&little is a treasure trove, boasting shelves studded with gems that range from housewares to handicrafts. The bounty of beautiful goods favours unique items, and includes a selection of ladies’ apparel by independent and emerging designers such as LA-based Black Crane and Delphine (pictured). The light fabrics and elegant-yet-casual silhouettes will whip wardrobes into springtime shape, all with an unmistakable West Coast vibe.

Makes Scents: Vancouver Candle Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

Inhale the scents of Point Grey and Gastown with these handmade candles from Vancouver Candle Co.

Inhale the scents of Point Grey and Gastown with these handmade candles from Vancouver Candle Co.

Nick Rabuchin has always loved scented candles; what he’s never liked are the toxic chemicals most of them emit. He created the Vancouver Candle Co. as an eco-friendly alternative. Using the traditional methods of olden days, he makes small batches of soy-wax candles by hand, using 100% cotton wicks and perfume-grade fragrance oils. Each candle’s scent evokes a specific area of the city, such as jasmine, tuberose, lemon and sandalwood for Kitsilano, or white tea, black currant, lavender and thyme for Strathcona. Follow your nose to Kiss & Makeup or Holt Renfrew.

H&M Loves Coachella

By SHERI RADFORD

Bright t-shirt from the H&M Loves Coachella clothing collection

Bright t-shirt from the H&M Loves Coachella clothing collection

Even if a trip to the Golden State isn’t part of next month’s travel plans, you can still look like you’ve been to Coachella to hear AC/DC, Jack White and Drake perform. In H&M stores starting Mar. 19, the H&M Loves Coachella collection includes everything necessary for a bohemian music-festival look, from tops to pants to shorts, with fringe and lace aplenty. Rock on.

Runway Ready With Pai Skincare

By SHERI RADFORD

The Anywhere Essentials Collection by Pai Skincare

The Anywhere Essentials Collection in Instant Calm, by Pai Skincare

Travelling and want to look your best? Plane trips can wreak all sorts of havoc, especially on sensitive skin. Fortunately, Pai Skincare has a solution—four solutions, in fact. The popular British brand of certified-organic products includes four Anywhere Essentials Collections, small enough to fit in carry-on luggage. Each collection targets a specific type of skin: very sensitive or redness-prone (Instant Calm, pictured); dry and dehydrated (Pure Hydration); oily, combination or blemish-prone (Perfect Balance); very dry or showing signs of aging (Age Confidence)—which means skincare products can stay hard at work even while you’re on vacation. Buy online at www.paiskincare.com or www.freshfaced.ca.

Tasteful Treats at ChocolaTas

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

At ChocolaTas, the decadent treats come in pretty souvenir tins

At ChocolaTas, the decadent treats come in pretty souvenir tins

If life is like a box of chocolates, we’d like it to be as sweet as ChocolaTas’ tinned confections. Landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock (pictured) adorn the outsides of the souvenir-worthy boxes, while an assortment of truffles and ganache in flavours such as whisky and pear, lavender, and champagne decorate the insides. So even if the treats disappear quickly, the tins will preserve memories of Vancouver long after the chocolates are gone.

Big and Beautiful: Sephora’s Newest Flagship

By SHERI RADFORD

Sephora's new Robson Street location is Canada's largest

Sephora’s new Robson Street location is Canada’s largest

Whether your goal is superb skin, a perfect pout, terrific tresses or a fabulous fragrance, your destination should be Canada’s largest Sephora, which opened a few months ago on Robson Street. The huge store stocks all the beauty brands you know and love, as well as harder-to-find ones such as Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D Beauty and Bare Minerals. Indulge in a mini makeover, get your hair styled, and customize an Atelier fragrance bottle with engraving, done on-site. Shopaholics, better warm up those credit cards for what will no doubt be a big shopping spree.