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Spirit Wrestler’s Cool Carvings

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Once a Warrior" by by Rex Homan. (Photo: Kenji Nagai/Spirit Wrestler Gallery)

“Once a Warrior” by Rex Homan. (Photo: Kenji Nagai/Spirit Wrestler Gallery)

September 20 to October 11

Fifteen years and three acclaimed artists add up to one remarkable exhibition. Spirit Wrestler’s Wero: Pacific Challenge celebrates the gallery’s quindecennial as a leading venue of Maori art. The exhibit highlights wood and jade carvings by three renowned sculptors, including “Once A Warrior” (pictured) by Rex Homan. Like the Northwest Coast First Nations, aboriginals of New Zealand share a proficiency for carving, often using the works to share legends and cultural history. Fantastically detailed and always stunning, these pieces from across the Pacific are certain to inspire. Here’s to the next 15 years.

Take a Hike

By SHERI RADFORD

Trails abound throughout the Lower Mainland, everything from easy strolls to near-vertical feats of endurance. Local stores can outfit you with everything you need to tackle any terrain

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker may be the perfect layering piece

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker combines style with practicality and comfort in a soft, lightweight wool top that looks great on its own or layered. Bonus: it resists odours for days and dries quickly after washing—just like all of the company’s other merino wool garments.

Tackle trails in Helly Hansen's Odin Flow Hiker HT

Tackle trails in Helly Hansen’s Odin Flow Hiker HT

Put your best foot forward in Helly Hansen’s new Odin Flow Hiker HT, which blends cushioning, comfort and stability in an attractive technical boot. Waterproof yet breathable, this boot offers unprecedented temperature control thanks to the clever H2Flow technology.

The Nikka shorts from Fjällräven

Keep comfortable and confident in the Nikka shorts from Fjällräven

Form or function? There’s no need to choose with the attractive yet durable Nikka shorts from Fjällräven. Reinforced in all the right places, with well-placed pockets and a bit of stretch where it’s needed most, these technical shorts were designed for trekking and climbing.

Keep essentials close at hand with the Talon 6 from Osprey

Keep essentials close at hand with the Talon 6 from Osprey

Lighten up: carry your day-hiking or trail-running essentials—and nothing extra to weigh you down—in the Talon 6 from Osprey. This technical lumbar pack also includes two BPA-free water bottles, making hydration easy-peasy. Available at Atmosphere.

Choose your next trekking destination with Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

Choose your next trekking destination with Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

Both casual hikers and intrepid outdoor adventurers turn to Easy Hiking Around Vancouver, 7th Edition by Jean Cousins to discover picturesque new places to explore. Most of the 68 hikes described are located within an hour’s drive of the city. At local bookstores.

This pocket companion makes it easy for women to answer the call of nature

This pocket companion makes it easy for women to answer the call of nature

Gotta go? In the great outdoors, it’s awkward for women to answer the call of nature. Fortunately, the Pee Pocket can save the day. Small enough to stow in a pocket, this single-use, disposable funnel allows women to stand up to go. Purchase online at www.the peepocket.com.

Pleasantly Pubby

By TIM PAWSEY

Pork pie accompanied by  a pint of Guinness. (Photo: KK Law)

Pork pie accompanied by a pint of Guinness. (Photo: KK Law)

Pop by the West End’s Fat Badger and you’ll find more than a hint of what’s helped to put the UK back on the dining map. Chef and co-owner Neil Taylor hails from Berkshire, which bestows full licence for “serious” pub food with a local twist in a conversation-friendly, TV-free setting. Recent favourites include whisky-cured salmon, pork belly and terrine. But don’t miss the Scotch eggs; the trio of Yorkshire puddings with roast beef, gravy and horseradish; the sinfully good sticky toffee pudding—or the parade of appropriate taps, from Smithwick’s to Guinness to Kilkenny and more.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Happy Feet: Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House

By SHERI RADFORD

Kinesis Dance. (Photo: Chris Randle)

Kinesis Dance. (Photo: Chris Randle)

Were you born to boogie? Made to mambo? Compelled to calypso? Then head to the Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House on Sep. 13. Each year, this free day of workshops and open classes satisfies budding ballerinas and modern dancers alike.

Fall Beauty Favourites

By SHERI RADFORD

Féline Eyeshadow Quartet by Lise Watier

Féline Eyeshadow Quartet by Lise Watier

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, the minimalist beauty regime of summer shifts into the bolder, more polished looks of autumn. Lise Watier’s Féline Eyeshadow Quartet features four ultra-pigmented colours (champagne, luminous taupe, lace pink, coppery brown) in a cream powder formula that delivers impressive staying power, keeping eyes looking enticingly exotic until well into the evening.

NARS's Audacious Lipsticks in Geraldine

NARS’s Audacious Lipsticks in Geraldine

NARS’s Audacious Lipsticks, launched for the company’s 20th anniversary, deliver intense colour while locking in moisture and making lips look fuller; François Nars named the 30 pigment-rich shades after women who have influenced him throughout his career, including Raquel, Greta, Grace and Brigitte. Philosophy’s No Reason to Hide is an all-in-one transforming serum that treats everything from acne marks, dark spots, and redness to blotchiness, rough texture, and darkened and enlarged pores.

Correct eyeliner errors with the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen

Correct eyeliner errors with the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen

In case of a beauty mishap, the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen saves the day, easily correcting eyeliner errors and mascara mistakes. Find the eyeshadow and makeup eraser pen at London Drugs, and the lipstick and transforming serum at Sephora or The Bay.

Rocket Man

By KRISTEN MORAN

(Photo: Rebecca Taylor)

(Photo: Rebecca Taylor)

After five decades of chart-topping hits and unforgettable performances, the Rocket Man has still got it. Don’t miss the chance to see Elton John light up the night at Rogers Arena, in back-to-back performances Sept. 13 and 14 that are guaranteed to evoke feelings of nostalgia and have you swaying to the sounds of his timeless classics. Grab your best dance partner and get ready to rock the night away.

Blacktail Florist’s Elevated Plates

By TIM PAWSEY

Salad of spring vegetables and mushrooms. (Photo: KK Law)

Salad of spring vegetables and mushrooms. (Photo: KK Law)

Up a few stairs off Gastown’s Water Street, Blacktail Florist, a casual but polished haunt, brims with local taste and creativity. Myriad choices may roam from Humboldt squid with rhubarb and celery slaw, to wild mushroom poutine, to roasted duck breast with sunchoke, onions and watercress. A well-chosen wine list of BC’s top drops makes for perfect—and still very regional—pairings.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Pop Star Katy Perry

By SHERI RADFORD

Pop superstar Katy Perry

American pop superstar Katy Perry

She’s sung about kissing a girl and unforgettable “California gurls.” She isn’t afraid to colour her hair pink or purple and dress up in a gown shaped like a carousel or Christmas tree. And she had a highly publicized—if brief—marriage to comedian Russell Brand. Katy Perry definitely knows how to attract attention, and this time it’s for her tour in support of her newest release, Prism. Don’t miss her over-the-top shows Sep. 9 and 10 at Rogers Arena.

Jann Arden: Songs and Stories

By SHERI RADFORD

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden

September 6

“Will You Remember Me.” “I Would Die for You.” “Insensitive.” “Unloved.” Though Jann Arden is best known for her heartbreaking ballads overflowing with angst, the Canadian singer-songwriter sparkles in her live shows, telling frank, funny stories and just generally charming the audience. Find out for yourself why she’s been a local favourite for more than two decades when her cross-country tour hits the Orpheum Theatre this month.

Beachy Brunch at Calabash Bistro

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

French toast with a tropical twist, at Calabash Bistro

French toast with a tropical twist, at Calabash Bistro

Islands-inspired French toast, pastries and eggs—all served with a side of Bob Marley and a Dark & Stormy. That’s what you’ll find at Calabash Bistro’s weekend brunch. Tropical temptations range from brunch bowls complete with coconut rundown hollandaise—a custard-like coconut reduction—and fried plantains, to French toast (pictured) served with delectable banana cream and spiced mango syrup on fresh-baked Guyanese coconut bread. Plus, beachy bevvies such as sorrel rum punch may take brunch into lunch and beyond. Paradise, found.

Why We Love Farmers’ Markets

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

There is a lot to love at Vancouver's farmers' markets

There is a lot to love at Vancouver’s farmers’ markets

Local Eating Though most meals travel 2,400 km (1,491 mi) from producer to plate, market produce usually travels less than 300 km (186 mi), which is great for the planet—and tastes better, too.

Fresh Produce In-season fruits and veggies make for picnic perfection, and September boasts a bounty of local fare:
Apples
Carrots
Grapes
Lettuce
Melons
Pears
Plums
Peppers
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Zucchini

Sweet Services Need a massage? Or fresh-cut flowers? How about knife sharpening? Many booths go far beyond fresh fruits and veggies.

Spirited Sips Find craft beer at R&B, or spirits produced from local ingredients at Odd Society and Long Table Distillery. Or for something truly unique, try the fortified walnut wine at Vista D’oro.

Cool Crafts A local handicraft makes a great souvenir. Chat with artisans over jewellery, pottery, beeswax products (delectable local honey included), chocolates, artworks, aromatherapy, woodwork and more.

Local markets are open rain or shine, and dogs are welcome

Christine Lingerie’s Sizzling Silk

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Christine Lingerie’s luxurious designs evoke that on-holiday feeling—without the travel time

Christine Morton wears one of her own creations while at work in her design studio. (Photo: KK Law)

Christine Morton wears one of her own creations while at work in her design studio. (Photo: KK Law)

From the silky pyjamas that graced the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine to the luxe gown worn by Sofia Vergara on Modern Family, pretty little numbers by Christine Lingerie have been spotted all over Hollywood. And it’s easy to see why. “I like to think that women feel like celebrities in my things,” says Christine Morton, founder and designer of the popular line.

The stunning pieces may have their Tinseltown following, but the company remains firmly rooted in Vancouver. “I can rest here and work it into who I am, what the collection is. Vancouver to me is a very peaceful place. It’s a beautiful city.” Located in East Van, Morton’s boutique/studio has a charming storefront, but the space beyond is where the hard work happens. All the designs and manufacturing are done in Canada, which contributes to the impeccable quality. “I know the name of the person who made that chemise,” she says. “It’s a whole different thing than having a factory somewhere else.”

Original prints and imported fabrics such as French lace adorn the pieces, and it’s these elements that often inspire the garments. “It kind of tells you what it wants to be,” she explains. The designs blend classic and vintage-inspired cuts and styles with a vibrant colour palette, which lends a contemporary feel. More recently, street-worthy loungewear and kimonos have vied for room in the collection. “You put that on with your jeans and t-shirt, and it looks fabulous. It’s a whole look.”

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

Other signature pieces include the elegant-yet-flirty Button Back chemise and the Glamour Gown: “It looks like something out of the ’40s. It’s very dramatic.” From classic pyjamas to racy teddies, every piece has one thing in common Morton says: once it’s on, the wearer won’t want to take it off. “It’s so beautiful to feel, the silk against your body.”

Christine Lingerie has been around for 40 years, but Morton says that “we think our place here is like a little secret, and we love it when people come in and find us.” But with celebrities and starlets routinely sporting her luxury loungewear, it’s safe to say the secret’s out.

Find Christine Lingerie at La Jolie Madame, Dianes Lingerie, Holt Renfrew and Romantique. Or visit Christine Lingerie’s Boutique and Design Studio, or order online at www.christinelingerie.com