Friday, February 21, 2014

shopping vancouver's main drag (via trip styler)

every city seems to have a Main Street. was it a secret pact amongst early city planners or just a lack of creativity? maybe we'll never know, but the name embodies a place of community and commerce. and in vancouver, it's known as the city's coolest street, as voted by locals.

main street cuts through some of the city's hippest and most historic neighbourhoods, like chinatown, strathcona, mount pleasant and riley park. previously known for its antique shops and breweries---which still exist today---main street is now a destination for the city's best independent shops and restaurants.

follow me on a shopping stroll along my favourite street in the city, away from the chaos and chain stores of the downtown core.

1/ visit strathcona/chinatown's charlie & lee for must-have items like sunglasses by illesteva, rachel walker and raen, luggage by filson, lingerie by only hearts and my favourite selection of jewelry in the city. gentlemen, head to the back of the shop for a great selection of deux ex machina, the west is dead and wolverine 1000 mile boots.

2/ just next door, don't miss the board of trade co.'s original location, where you can score killer basics for men and women, along with earth tu face skincare, grey ant sunglasses and my favourite doormats with messages like "the neighbors have better stuff" and "holla". plus it's impossible to leave without having a great conversation with friendly owners david and eunice and maybe even an invitation to come back for whiskey at the end of the day.

3/ a little further south sits the adorable lifestyle and home goods shop much & little, which has everything you never knew you needed like cast iron bottle openers, turkish towels, splurge-worthy vintage kilim rugs, pastel-coloured cookware and clothing by lauren moffatt and james perse.

4/ on the ground level of my favourite apartment building in the city, tucked behind a bike shop and a sushi hotspot, is hidden gem hach + hart. filled with stationary from korea and clothing designed in house by owner meinrad young, this shop is both accessibly priced and a pleasure to explore.

5/ eugene choo has been a main street destination for me since the early 2000s, long before i made the move to the neighbourhood. the shop carries a thoughtful selection of clothing for men and women, including steven alan, filippa k and A.P.C. Don't miss their amazing garage sale every september and their recently opened shoe and accessory boutique next door.

6/ the southernmost stop on my main street stroll might also be my favourite. run by the nicest sisters in town, vincent park carries clothing, shoes, accessories and lifestyle goods for men and women. come here for cult favourites like super sunglasses, cheap monday denim, line sweaters and jeffrey campbell shoes. and try not to drool over the industrial space filled with gorgeous antiques and plenty of charm.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

fashion friday :: sochi style (via trip styler)

with designers like armani and ralph lauren tackling olympic team fashion, you'd expect the parade of nations to be sochi's answer to new york fashion week. but many countries sported looks that belonged on the slopes instead of in the stadium---with a few notable exceptions. here are my picks for the strongest sartorial statements from the opening ceremony of the XXII olympic winter games.

best dressed :: sweden
designed by H&M, sweden's blue and yellow uniforms were the most fashion forward of all 88 nations. i wouldn't expect anything less from the ever-stylish swedes.

most memorable :: USA
ralph lauren designed the night's most patriotic and polarizing outfits, also known as the christmas sweaters seen 'round the world. i liked the shawl collars, hiking boots and après-ski vibe. looking for the sweater? sorry, it's already sold out online.

most traditional :: russia
the host country team came out in uniforms inspired by their past. adorned with fur, sheepskin and folkloric symbols, team russia made a stylish statement at a ceremony that celebrated their cultural past. honourable mention goes to team canada for their duffle coats, which mirrored the iconic 18th-century hudson's bay company point blankets. if you want to dress like a canadian athlete, you can buy the official apparel here.

best print :: ukraine
puffy jackets covered in a patriotic organism print reminded me of pieces you'd see from french design house kenzo.

most confused :: cayman islands
did they know it's the winter olympics? these caymanians were the bravest of the night, wearing shorts and flip flops. they weren't, however, the only team in shorts; team bermuda also sported, you guessed it, bermuda shorts.

best neon :: lithuania
in a sea of forgettable uniforms, team lithuania went for the boldest colour combo of the night---besides the germans, who maintain that their rainbow uniforms were just a style choice and not a political statement.

bonus picks
while these striking showpieces weren't on display at the parade of nations, i'd be remiss to write about olympic fashion without including them. i give you mexico's mariachi-inspired slalom ski suit and norway's curling uniform.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

face masks for frequent flyers (via trip styler)

something about face masks reminds me of teenage sleepovers---a time when i wore scrunchies, played truth or dare and watched girls just want to have fun with an oatmeal mask on my face. while i can still recite lines from the classic sarah jessica parker movie, i've matured and started incorporating masks into my weekly skincare routine in the hopes that i'll look as amazing as martha stewart does at age 72. the new york times recently published an article about her beauty regimen, which includes several face masks. they aren't only effective for detoxifying, firming or brightening your skin; they also boost hydration, which makes them the perfect travel companion.

trip styler tip: i'm a huge fan of "try before you buy". drop by your local beauty store and ask for a sample or two before committing to a mask. bonus: samples are perfectly sized for travel!

i suffered the harsh effects of recycled air and zero humidity while flying to europe last year. my face and lips were parched for days. i wish i knew then what i know now: you've got to prep and treat your skin for travel. that means applying a hydrating mask before, after and even during a long flight. hear me out before you call me crazy! many masks are invisible and can be left on the skin overnight, so there won't be any embarrassing episodes on board. plus you'll be the only one emerging from the flight looking dewy and glowy.

trip styler tip: don't forget to hydrate your lips on a long flight---i have friends who swear by malin+goetz's fragrance-free lip moisturizer. if the recycled plane air already got the best of you, steep a bag of green tea, pull it out and press it to your lips for several minutes. this trick totally works.

my top picks for hydrating gel or cream masks are origins drink up 10 minute mask, skoah hydradew mask and glamglow thirstymud hydrating treatment. PS. they all smell delicious! another style of hydrating mask is the sheet mask, which is huge in asia, where the biggest skincare trends are emerging these days. made of cotton and soaked in hydrating ingredients, these sheets are individually packaged mini facials. perfect for travel, but maybe not applying inflight unless the lights are out. my top picks are dr. jart+ water-full hydrogel mask, SK-II facial treatment mask and when essence mask.

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