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Feb 20
2015 10:39 AM 0 Comments

Blo Blow Dry Bar + Topshop


opshop has always been on the cutting edge of fashion, but that doesn't mean you should be rocking a mullet with the Brit brand's new MOTO Jamie flared jean (which arrived on racks Tuesday). A better pairing looks like this: Topshop + Blo Vancouver, which set up shop last week in-store. Two mini express dry-style stations (no wash) offer up the famed blow-dry salon's menu staples in half an hour or less: Pillow Talk (sultry, tousled, bed head), Executive Sweet ("our best irons are on the case"), and Red Carpet (Monroe at her heartbreaking best). From $25

Thursday & Friday 12pm-8pm
Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Topshop at The Bay
674 Granville St., 604-681-6211


~By Amanda Ross

Feb 19
2015 2:10 PM 0 Comments

Red Carpet Pop-Up Shop Comes to Marshalls

You might not be walking the red carpet at the Oscars this Sunday, but that doesn't mean you can't don the same designers as the stars! A red carpet pop-up shop has landed at Marshalls in Vancouver, so here's your chance to snag some shoes and handbags from your favourite designers without breaking the bank.


Feb 19-25


8137 Ontario St., 604-322-1739




Feb 18
2015 2:28 PM 0 Comments

Tea Time

You don't have to be a Kung Fu Tea Master to enjoy the ritual of the perfect sip - we've rounded up some chic teapots, beauty products, and of course fashion fit for tea time.




















1. Go gold or go home! Step up your teatime with this TWG Tea 18K-gold plated teapot ($720). The Urban Tea Merchant and online at TWG Tea, 1070 West Georgia St., 604-692-0071.

2. Have a tea party to attend, but nothing to wear? The floral lace Babaton Tobias dress in mauve chalk ($165) keeps it sweet without adding sugar. Aritzia, 1110 Robson St., 604-684-3251.

3. Tea isn't just for drinking; it also works wonders on your skin. Packed with black tea ferment and lychee seed extract, Fresh's Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($108) instantly reveals smoother, hydrated skin. Sephora, 1045 Robson St., 604-681-9704.

4. Sip tea like royalty with this proper teacup and saucer set ($90). The Royal Collection Trust is the official china of Buckingham Palace (hi Prince Harry!) and hand-finished with 22-carat gold. Online at

5. Make a statement with a fancy Mad Hatter-esque fascinator ($50). This fun and bold headpiece by Cara is the perfect way to top off tea time. Online at

~By Danielle Tsang


Feb 18
2015 12:13 PM 0 Comments

Shangri-La Hotel Celebrates Chinese New Year

In celebration of the Year of The Goat, the Shangri-La Hotel is infusing its afternoon tea with traditional Chinese performances for Chinese New Year.  Starting tomorrow at 11 am, the event lineup in the Xi Shi Lounge will include a traditional Lion Dance, an Eye-Dotting Ceremony, followed by the Kung Fu Tea performance and Chinese Face Changing Opera. Kung Fu Tea Master Che Huadong will feature at the Xi Shi Lounge each weekend until March, when he will continue to surprise and entertain guests with the Face Changing Opera performance and Kung Fu Tea show.

February 19: 11am-6pm.

February 21, 22, 28th: 1pm - 3:15 pm.

March: daily

Xi Shi Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel

1128 West Georgia, 604-689-1120.
















 ~By Ginger Jefferies


Feb 13
2015 3:02 PM 0 Comments

Eat, Play, Love

Stumped for date ideas?   Check out our last minute list of destinations for the perfect Valentine's Day with your beau.



Miraj Hamman Spa

Escape as a couple to South Granville's Miraj Hamman for a holistic spa experience. The traditional Middle Eastern methods of steaming and exfoliation, followed by a 30-minute relaxation or deep tissue massage (and did we mention the scalp and face massage to sum it up?) will leave you and your amour feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The entire spa is reserved to one couple per appointment (how romantic!) so indulge in not just complimentary Middle Eastern teas and yummy sweet cakes but the luxury of total attention and privacy. (2 people for $295 until the end of February. 1495 W. Sixth Ave., 604-733-5151)








Stretch out and strenghten your relationship at an event exclusively for couples. Get down with Acro Yoga moves (a trust-based practice of acrobatics and stretching poses) followed by a cleansing Thai massage. Whether you're an experienced Yogi or an amateur, this light-hearted session will have you feeling closer to your partner come session end. ($40. 1915 West Fourth Ave. and 888 Burrard St., 604-682-3369)


Grouse Mountain

Give your heart all kinds of a workout with a racing zipline course and a twilight hike. The extraordinary views from the mountain are perfect for nature lovers - and don't forget to head to the Chalet pre-adventure date for a romantic chocolate fondue! ($65. Grouse Mountain, 604-980-9311)



Brix, most likely hosting the largest set menu for Valentine's Day, welcomes couples with an assortment of seafood dishes and delicious desserts for two. With a warm ambiance and that romantic glass-encased patio, this takes all heart, no brains, to book for V-day dinner. ($55. 1138 Homer St., 604-915-9463)




Wedgewood Hotel

This luxury hotel is offering a V-Day package too good to refuse: a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a four-course dinner for two at on-location Bacchus, and breakfast in bed the following day (mmmm....chocolate truffles). A romantic one-night staycation in heaven. ($564. 845 Hornby St., 604-689-7777)




Spending the day with the ladies? Check out Soirette Macaroons and Tea in Coal Harbour. This adorable pastry shop has an endless selection of those deliciously crackly sandwich cookies, plus dreamy pastries and almond torte for high tea (not to mention the specialty goodies for Valentine's Day). Single life has never tasted so good! (1433 W. Pender St., 604-558-3308)


-By Ginger Jefferies