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Where to Shop Vancouver

Well-Heeled

By SHERI RADFORD

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

Step into footwear paradise at Holt Renfrew.

In the words of the great Carrie Bradshaw, “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.” The Sex and the City heroine and all her friends—both single and coupled-up—would love the women’s shoe hall in Holt Renfrew. Newly expanded to a glorious 790 sq m (8,500 sq ft), it’s overflowing with Carrie’s favourite brands, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. Bonus: tucked off to the side is a petite Ladurée shop, because macarons are the best fuel for trying on fantastic footwear.

More Than Skin Deep

By SHERI RADFORD

Get a complexion that feels as good as you do.

Make your complexion look as great as you feel.

It’s glow time at SkinCeuticals by Project Skin. Whether you’re concerned about aging, hydration, sensitivity or acne—or all of the above—you’ll find skincare help here. Medical aesthetic treatments such as facials and peels are tailored to your specific needs, resulting in a healthy, glowing complexion. Consider it the next best thing to discovering the Fountain of Youth.

Massage on Demand

By SHERI RADFORD

Staying in never felt so good.

Staying in never felt so good.

After a long day, what’s better than going for a relaxing massage? Not having to leave the comfort of your hotel room, home or office to get that R&R. Fortunately, Soothe can send a certified massage therapist to you in as little as an hour to deliver a deep-tissue, Swedish, sports or prenatal massage, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit www.soothe.com or call 1-800-960-7668 to book yours—or surprise your partner with a treatment for two.

On the Cutting Edge

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Calling all gourmets: Ai & Om Knives is a must-visit on your trip to Vancouver. Conveniently located close to other foodie favourites—including The Modern Bartender  and Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie—the shop sells a carefully curated selection of Japanese knives, sharpening stones and cutting boards. Owned by chef Douglas Chang, whose impressive resume includes stints at Sai Woo and West, Ai & Om also offers sharpening services and knife-skills classes and workshops. Definitely a cut above.

Top Titles for Travellers

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

Lonely Planet VancouverLonely Planet Vancouver, 7th Edition (Lonely Planet): This newly revised guidebook is crammed full of honest reviews of places to go and things to do in the city, including Gastown, Granville Island and Grouse Mountain, plus further-flung destinations such as Whistler, Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Pacific Reef and Shore: A Photo Guide to Northwest Marine Life, 2nd Edition by Rick M. Harbo (Harbour Publishing): This compact guide includes colour photographs and up-to-date scientific information on 300 marine plants and animals found off the coast of North America, from Alaska to California.

O Canada Crosswords 17O Canada Crosswords 17 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions): Grab your pencils, cruciverbalists: this book of 95 new crossword puzzles runs the gamut from “NHL Icons” and “Beer O’Clock” to “Only in Saskatchewan” and “Christmas in Canada,” testing your knowledge of the True North Strong and Free.

Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature, Revised Edition by Dan Jason (Harbour Publishing): Featuring charming line drawings, this classic guide provides information on how to use (and when to avoid) more than 100 herbs, shrubs, berries, seaweeds, trees and poisonous plants. (more…)

Fiercely Feminine

By CHLOË LAI

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Take your statement pieces from the streets to the symphony.

Bold urban style meets high-society swank in Tiffany & Co.’s new HardWear collection, inspired by the streets of New York. Heavy-gauge chains with graduated links feature padlocks and charms reminiscent of wrecking balls at demolition sites, their utilitarian aesthetic elevated by elegant design details—clasps vanish seamlessly into each piece for ultimate symmetry and flow. Rock a pair of triple-drop earrings, available in sterling silver or 18K gold, at an underground club, evening opera or Sunday afternoon brunch. These pieces, like the women who wear them, are ready for anything.

Happy Mother’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 14, delight your dear mama with the perfect gift, something she can treasure all year long.

FreyWille-DivaBangleHundertwasser-inspired 24K-gold-plated bangle by FREYWILLE  (more…)

The Write Stuff

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

 

150YearsCdnBeerLabels

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions): Raise a glass to this collection of 150 beer labels ranging from the 1870s to today. Beer buffs and newbies alike will enjoy the artwork from ales, porters, lagers and malts. Cheers! (more…)

Tea Time

By CHLOË LAI

A soothing sip of tea.

A soothing sip of tea.

No time to meditate? Sip your way to sweet serenity with blissful oolong teas by local company Golden Tea Leaf. From earthy to airy, oolong’s impressive diversity of flavour, complexity and body means there’s a blend for every mood. Hand-picked and thoughtfully prepared, these delicate leaves harbour the subtle flavours and fragrances of Taiwan’s crisp mountain landscape. Pour yourself some Golden Oolong (available at T&T Supermarket) or Honey Red Jade Oolong (at London Drugs) and take a deep breath. Each cup, like each moment, is unique.

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

Untitled collage (1)Shadow Floral passport cover and luggage tag, at Indigo 

Ted Baker-ALAYAAAlayaa Oriental Blossom rolling travel bag, at Ted Baker London (more…)

Land of Smiles

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A relaxing getaway is closer than you think.

A relaxing escape is closer than you think.

There’s nothing like a traditional massage on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, but the Phuket room at Smile Thai Wellness is a close second. The beach-themed oasis is one of 14 treatment rooms that are inspired by destinations across the Southeast Asian kingdom. Traditional Thai massage draws from its 2,500-year history, working to harmonize and align the body’s energies through compression, acupressure and actively stretching aching limbs into glorious submission. Expect to feel relaxed and invigorated. That means more energy for sightseeing, even if the sights are inside another of the spa’s tranquil treatment rooms.

Au Naturel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

An island getaway can be as close as your shower with Maui Moisture’s vegan haircare products. Say aloha to nourished locks with shampoos, conditioners, masks and mists that replace water—often the main ingredient—with aloe juice. Plus, tropics-inspired ingredients like coconut water, macadamia oil and pineapple extract leave no room for parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes. To stock up, take a trip to London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart.