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Where to Shop Vancouver

A Shoo-In: Orla Kiely x Clarks Collection

By SHERI RADFORD

Dotty in oxblood by Orla Kiely x Clarks capsule shoe collection

Dotty in oxblood from the Orla Kiely x Clarks capsule shoe collection

Kate Middleton and Zooey Deschanel are already fans of designer Orla Kiely. Now, for the second time, the “Queen of Prints” has partnered with the respected footwear brand Clarks. End result? The Orla Kiely x Clarks Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule shoe collection, which includes bold silhouettes and unexpected textures in six eclectic styles: the Dotty (pictured), Dora, Dorothy, Daphne, Dilly and Dixie. Find them all at Gravitypope, and get ready to put your best foot forward.

Get Cooking!

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn tips and tricks from the experts at The Dirty Apron, either with classes or a cookbook

Learn tips and tricks from the experts at The Dirty Apron, either with a class or a cookbook

If you can’t tell your mandoline from your mortar and pestle, The Dirty Apron Cooking School can help, with offerings ranging from Ocean Potion: The Seafood Class (Oct. 4, Nov. 13) to Meat Eaters Unite: The Meat Class (Nov. 20). Even if you’re already a budding Nigella or Emeril in the kitchen, the school’s chef instructors can help you improve your technique. For those who prefer to learn at home, The Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson ($34.95) features more than 80 of the school’s tried-and-true dishes along with insider tips and tricks. Find it at local bookstores. Bon appétit!

We Heart Britto

By SHERI RADFORD

These bright suitcases from Britto eliminate any mix-ups at the luggage carousel

These bright suitcases from Heys help eliminate any mix-ups at the luggage carousel

At any airport overflowing with almost-identical black suitcases, the Britto Collection by Heys really stands out. Sporting the works of Brazil-born, Florida-based artist Romero Britto, the cheerful bags display elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti. More than just a pretty face, each bag boasts an expansion system—which means there’s always room to tuck in one more souvenir—as well as a fully lined interior, a built-in TSA lock and 360-degree spinner wheels. Pick up one at The Bay, and you’ll never again have trouble spotting your suitcase on the baggage carousel.

Fun and Games

By SHERI RADFORD

Customize your favourite game with personalized mementos

Customize your favourite game with personalized mementos

It’s all fun and games: favourite family photos become family game nights with customized Monopoly boards from CafePress. Each game comes complete with all the bits and pieces you remember from long, lazy childhood afternoons—including Chance and Community Chest cards, green houses, red hotels, and the beloved racing car, Scottie dog and top hat—but the board is adorned with snapshots of your choosing. Select from themes such as love, family rules, birthday, baseball and best friends, then upload your most captivating candids and perfect portraits to create a unique keepsake. Available online.

Lululemon: Bigger & Better

By SHERI RADFORD

Lululemon's flagship store is bigger and better than ever

Lululemon’s flagship store is bigger and better than ever

Diehard fans know there’s just one way to improve a Lululemon store: make it bigger, so it can hold even more yoga pants and hoodies. That’s exactly what the Vancouver brand did recently, opening its largest space yet, right downtown on Robson Street. The gorgeous new flagship store includes innovations such as a digital pant wall and an onsite testing and personalization shop. Huge shopping spree, here we come.

Spooky Stuff

By SHERI RADFORD

This spooky book is part of the Halloween Scare series

This spooky book is part of the Halloween Scare series

Witches, goblins, vampires and ghouls are taking over: the A Halloween Scare series has already sent chills through places such as New York, Washington and Florida, and now it’s heading north of the border. A Halloween Scare in Canada by Eric James (Sourcebooks; $11.99) visits beloved Canuck locations such as Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Sambro Island Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, and the totem poles right here in Stanley Park. At local bookstores.

Tasty Tome

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The humble tin can goes gourmet with the help of this unique cookbook

The humble tin can goes gourmet with this unique cookbook

Keep can openers at the ready: Tin Fish Gourmet (Arsenal Pulp Press; $21.95) by Vancouverite Barbara-Jo McIntosh has been re-released to the delight of time-pressed chefs everywhere. Imaginative recipes transform humble tins of oysters, tuna, mackerel and more into mouth-watering dishes. Find classic staples and inventive offerings alike, ranging from tuna casserole to clam and fontina pizza. Gorgeous colour photos and a stamp of approval from three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux make this the perfect fishy find. At local bookstores, including the author’s own Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.

Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good

By SHERI RADFORD

Support a good cause in these leggings by Daub + Design

Leggings by Daub + Design

Breast cancer is a cause close to Lexi Soukoreff’s heart. The West Coast–based textile designer, founder of activewear company Daub + Design, has watched friends and family members battle the disease. For the month of October, she’s selling one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, pink-and-black leggings, shorts and capris in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Find them at Dream Apparel.

In the Bag

By SHERI RADFORD

This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF's Schools for Africa

This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF’s Schools for Africa

Starting Oct. 8, fashionistas-with-heart can help a worthy charity and get a new bag at the same time when Holt Renfrew launches 20 limited-edition Gucci totes in python with bamboo handles. Each one retails for $2,900, and $500 of that goes to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa, which provides education to millions of African children. Consider it retail therapy at its best.

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By SHERI RADFORD

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), a bevy of beauty brands are launching products that help you look your best while also raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Handcrafted and refillable, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact from Estée Lauder holds translucent pressed powder that diffuses light, resulting in flawless coverage and a luminous finish. The Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo contains two irresistible fragrances, Cashmere Mist and Liquid Cashmere. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ keeps skin hydrated all day, and the limited-edition bottle comes adorned with a charming key ring. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection (pictured) from Estée Lauder includes a lipstick and two nail lacquers, all in limited-edition shades, tucked into a chic pink clutch. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at The Bay.

50 Things We Love About Yaletown

By KRISTEN MORAN

Nestled between False Creek and the bustling downtown core, in what used to be the warehouse district, trendy Yaletown is filled with upscale restaurants, high-end stores, fashionistas—and tiny purse dogs

The streets of Yaletown buzz with activity all year long. (Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

The streets of Yaletown buzz with activity all year long. (Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

1. Strolling the seawall and checking out the gorgeous boats in the marina.

2. Getting pampered from head to toe at Blo, Noir Lash Lounge, Pure Nail Bar and Bombay Brow Bar.

3. Shooting pool at Soho Cafe & Billiards.

4. Divine Italian cuisine at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, La Terrazza and La Pentola della Quercia.

5. Taking a ride to or from Yaletown on the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

6. Finding the perfect headgear from Goorin Bros., which carries everything from baseball caps to fedoras to fascinators.

7. Locally brewed beer at Yaletown Brewing Co. and Prohibition Tasting Room.

8. Checking out the newest exhibits at Contemporary Art Gallery.

9. Public art pieces along the water: Coopers Mews, Lookout, Brush with Illumination, Street Light and A False Creek.

Georgie from Barking Babies. (Photo: KK Law)

Georgie from Barking Babies. (Photo: KK Law)

10. Buying our four-legged friends a new toy or spa treatment at Barking Babies.

11. Unleashing our inner artist and enjoying a meal under the same roof at Raw Canvas.

12. Getting in the holiday spirit at CandyTown, a free outdoor Christmas festival on Nov. 22.

13. Vintage treasures at Joyce Williams Antique Prints & Maps.

14. Finding accent pieces for our homes at Chintz & Company.

15. Popping in to The Flying Pig for some delicious eats during appy hour.

16. Gorgeous First Nations artwork at Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery.

17. Elegant desserts and pastries at Footo Croissant and Ganache Patisserie.

18. Brunch served with a side of sass at The Elbow Room Cafe.

19. Browsing through everything from clothing to knick-knacks at Fine Finds.

20. Fine French cuisine at Provence Marinaside.

21. Stretching out tired muscles at YYoga or Westcoast Hot Yoga.

22. Indulging in Italian foods and a whole range of fancy cocktails crafted from locally made spirits at The Distillery Bar  + Kitchen.

Rodney's Oyster House. (Photo: KK Law)

Rodney’s Oyster House. (Photo: KK Law)

23. Slurping raw oysters out of the half shell at Rodney’s Oyster House.

24. Treating our skin to some TLC at Spruce Body Lab and Skn Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic.

25. The flavour-rich cuisine at Urban Thai Bistro.

26. Dancing the night away at Bar None.

27. Spotting celebrities while dining in style at West Oak.

28. Shopping for male-specific goods at Contraband, Masc and Revolucion Cigars & Fine Gifts.

29. Pairing Pacific Northwest cuisine with one of 60 wines at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar.

30. Sampling some of the city’s finest seafood at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar.

31. Viewing Philip Jarmain’s American Beauty (to Oct. 19), and Alex Couwenberg and Matt Devine’s California (Oct. 16 to Nov. 16), at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery.

32. The classic old-world charm of Farzad’s Barbershop.

33. Treating ourselves to a juicy steak at Hamilton Street Grill.

34. Watching pups play in the dog park or sitting by the mosaic-lined stream at Emery Barnes Park.

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. (Photo: KK Law)

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. (Photo: KK Law)

35. The steam engine that pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver in 1887, now showcased at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

36. Sipping first-class cocktails while relaxing in a laid-back setting at George Lounge.

37. Handmade Indian treasures at Kaarigar Handicrafts.

38. Washing down delectable Japanese cuisine with a variety of sake at Bistro Sakana.

39. Trying an assortment of restaurants during Taste of Yaletown, Oct. 16 to 30.

40. Practical yet fashionable womenswear at Nygård.

41. Drinking crafted cocktails at upscale Opus Bar.

Society. (Photo: KK Law)

Society. (Photo: KK Law)

42. Sipping a cotton candy martini or spiked milkshake under the pink chandeliers of Society.

43. Mouth-watering, made-from-scratch gelato at Bella Gelateria.

44. Catching a live show at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

45. Taking the tots trick-or-treating on Halloween (Oct. 31) at Yaletown businesses.

46. Delicious West Coast fare at Good Wolf.

47. Commuting easily thanks to the Canada Line SkyTrain.

48. Creations from Canadian artisans at Art Works Gallery.

49. Stopping at David Lam Park to people- and puppy-watch.

50. The fascinating mix of old and new architecture.

One Bag to Rule Them All

By SHERI RADFORD

The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

Regular travellers adore Pacsafe, which makes suitcases, duffels, purses and wallets chock-full of anti-theft features. The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack just might be the company’s most versatile creation yet, doing triple duty as a laptop bag (with a padded sleeve for a 15-in Macbook), backpack for hiking (with a compartment for a 3L hydration pack), and carry-on luggage. To thwart thieves, a turn-and-lock hook allows it to be secured to a table or chair. To bamboozle bag slashers, lightweight stainless steel wire is built into its most vulnerable areas, including the straps. To prevent pickpockets from plying their trade, exterior zippers can be fastened to its concealed clips. To impede identity thieves, an RFID-reader-blocking pocket protects data stored on passports and credit cards. The most important thing this bag carries? Peace of mind. Available at Wanderlust.