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Shopping Vancouver

Happily Ever After

By SHERI RADFORD

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

Once upon a time, a beloved moisturizer company met a talented author and a gifted illustrator, and it was love at first sight. Udo Weigelt wrote four stories that Joelle Tourionias illustrated, and these winter-themed tales inspired four charming limited-edition tins of Nivea Creme, available in December at stores such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Read the digitally animated stories online, and prepare to fall in love, too.

Perfectly Packed

By SHERI RADFORD

A set of Mumi's packing cubes.

A set of Mumi packing cubes.

Tidy up your travel gear with a five-piece set of packing cubes from Mumi. Available in an array of bright colours, these lightweight but durable cubes help you maximize suitcase space by keeping everything organized, from socks and underwear to toiletries and electronics. Buy online at www.mumidesign.com.

Gift Rapt: Circle Craft Christmas Market

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Felted bowls by Hold

Felted bowls by Hold

It’s never too early to start making your list and checking it twice. The Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 9 to 13, 2016) makes gift-giving merry and bright with handmade pieces perfect for everyone on your list—naughty or nice. The event showcases over 300 artisans and their wares, including wraps by Chloë Angus Design, wooden toys by Fidoodle, textiles by Hold (pictured) and everything in-between. It’s holiday shopping, all wrapped up.

Sweet Shop: Kiss and Makeup

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Clothing and accessories at Kiss and Makeup

Clothing and accessories at Kiss and Makeup

Fighting the urge to splurge? Make peace with your impulses at Kiss and Makeup. These one-stop-shops for beauty mavens brim with covetable accessories, apparel and beauty products, all curated and vetted by owner Heather Huntingford. The two seriously stylish boutiques stock international items, but we’re partial to the local lines, including tees and tanks by Good Husbands Apparel, sweet-smelling tapers by Vancouver Candle Co. and organic make-up by Ilia. Now that’s retail therapy.

Perfect Souvenirs at Hudson’s Bay

By SHERI RADFORD

Show your true stripes with this jacket from Hudson's Bay

Show your true stripes with this jacket from Hudson’s Bay

Looking for a truly Canadian souvenir? At Hudson’s Bay, you’ll find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from towels, tote bags and mugs to blankets, earmuffs and packable down jackets for kids (pictured). The earliest HBC blankets in stripes of green, red, yellow and indigo date back to around 1800—long before Canada even became a country, in 1867—and today it’s difficult to imagine a Canadian household that doesn’t own at least one item with the beloved pattern.

Ghouls’ Night Out

By SHERI RADFORD

Get into the Halloween spirit with an assortment of seasonal goodies

bat mug1 Serve witches’ potions and brews in a bat-shaped mug. Available at HomeSense. (more…)

Cute Collections From Paul & Joe

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Powder compact from the Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collection

Powder compact from the Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collection

It’s what’s inside that counts, but Paul & Joe’s fall collections have us smitten with the pretty-as-a-picture packaging. The limited-edition Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collaboration adds animation to make-up bags, with cases and compacts that detail the characters’ exploits. For fresh-faced colour palettes in Louvre-worthy packages, swoon over the A Stroll in the Park in Paris collection. The best part: the cases are customizable; just pop in your favourite product. At Shoppers Drug Mart.

Samantha Pynn for Simons

By SHERI RADFORD

Throws from the Samantha Pynn collection at Simons

Throws from the Samantha Pynn collection at Simons

If your home sweet home looks a bit drab and dreary, it’s time for a change. Luckily, Simons can help. The Quebec-based fashion retailer partnered with Samantha Pynn earlier this year, and now the Canadian stylist, decorator and TV host is expanding her home decor collection. Find pillows, throws (pictured), tablecloths, napkins, shower curtains and more, all in warm fall colours and accented by elements of nature, with a touch of Mediterranean inspiration. Consider it your home’s total transformation, attainable in a single shopping trip.

The Must List: October/November

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for October and November 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fall colours along the seawall

Fall colours along the seawall

Admire autumn’s fiery hues at locations around the city, such as the seawall and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Sample local specialties like sushi and seafood, including oodles of fresh oysters. (more…)

Timeless Designs: Roots X Pendleton

By SHERI RADFORD

Canadian company Roots teams up with Pendleton

Canadian company Roots teams up with Pendleton

When two venerated companies team up, the results can be pure magic. Roots, a Canadian company long renowned for its first-class fleece and leather goods, recently partnered with Pendleton, whose beloved woollen blankets date back to the late 1800s. Featuring a custom pattern filled with symbols of the “true north strong and free” (think canoes, lakes and maple leaves), the new Smoke Lake collection adorns bags, jackets, capes, t-shirts and more.

Made in Vancouver

Jewellery designer Negar Khatami finds inspiration in her adopted hometown

By SHERI RADFORD

Negar Khatami working on one of her jewellery pieces. (Photo: KK Law)

Negar Khatami working on one of her jewellery pieces. (Photo: KK Law)

Negar Khatami never set out to make jewellery.

In 1997, she immigrated to Vancouver with her parents and brother. The whole family was seeking opportunities in the West that weren’t available in politically unstable Iran. For several years she went to business school, attending classes full-time and working at a bank part-time. Then, an epiphany: “It was in my last year or so I realized that this is not for me,” she says. “I didn’t see myself sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life.” (more…)

Weird & Wonderful: This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

By SHERI RADFORD

Find a collection of curios at This Monkey's Gone to Heaven

Find a collection of curios at This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

If you’ve ever wondered where to buy a voodoo doll, taxidermic baby rat, edible-ant lollipop or knitted version of a dissected frog, you’re in luck: This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven opened recently on Main Street. Filled with oddities and curios, the shop caters to those seeking something a little (or a lot) peculiar. As Alice in Wonderland would say, “Curiouser and curiouser!”