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Where to Shop Vancouver

Top Picks for Travellers

Must-haves for those bitten by the travel bug and suffering from incurable wanderlust

By SHERI RADFORD

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Toast your travels with the Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Tedious travel time can often be improved with a tipple or two. The Carry On Cocktail Kit contains almost everything necessary to mix up a duo of delicious cocktails while high in the sky. All that’s missing from the perfect Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic is the liquor, which a flight attendant (or hotel minibar) can supply. At Kiss and Makeup. (more…)

Makes Perfect Scents

By SHERI RADFORD

Saje

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.

For All Senses

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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From Teeez Cosmetics Sugar Rush collection, at The Bay

An oh-so-sweet colour palette and eye-popping packaging are just the start for Teeez Cosmetics. The cherry on top? The brand’s interactive counter set to arrive at the downtown location of Hudson’s Bay in early May. Alongside a veritable candy bar of cosmetics such as the Sugar Rush collection, find a video booth for recording make-up applications and a “play bar.” The future of make-up is a real treat.

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.

Nail Polish Pilgrimage

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Joyride

A professional manicure by Joyride

Getting there should be half the fun. At Joyride, the journey to top-notch tips is just as enjoyable as the end result. Peruse the rainbow of over 350 au courant colours, and settle into the lavender-hued loungers with a cold-pressed juice or espresso. Then, let the expert esthetician take the wheel—from cuticle care and exfoliation, to massage and the perfect colour application. The house products are plant-based and organic, and the nail polish options include toxin-free varieties. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

By SHERI RADFORD

 

Indigo-mugBest Mom tea set, at Indigo. (more…)

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.

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. (more…)

Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty

By SHERI RADFORD

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift may be a New Yorker now—as evidenced by her sassy opinions on everything from airline rules to the over-plucked state of most women’s eyebrows—but she’s still a Vancouverite at heart. Her local roots show in her passion for healthy living. She developed her own organic product line, RMS Beauty, and uses it on celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen. Try it yourself at Kiss and Makeup.