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Spa Week is back and bigger than ever! Indulge in a day at the spa for just $50


WaySpa Spa Week 2014

If the high cost of going to the spa is keeping you from enjoying frequent afternoons of relaxation, have we got news for you. WaySpa, the online spa marketplace, is back with another edition of Spa Week, running April 21-27, 2014. Think of Spa Week as Summerlicious for your mind, body and soul: luxury spas offer premium treatments for just $50—but for one week only.

That’s right: you can book a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure and more at some of Canada’s top spas for only a fraction of what they usually cost. Even better, this year Spa Week has expanded to more Canadian cities, with Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa joining the roster that already includes Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. That’s a whole lotta spa treatments! So what are you waiting for? The complete Spa Week by WaySpa list is available here and we suggest booking ASAP—especially if you have your eye on more than one.

Get rewarded for going to the spa with Dermalogica’s new Little Grey Pass program


Dermalogica Grey Pass

If finding the perfect skin care routine is on your 2014 to-do list, listen up! Dermalogica has just announced a new program that will get your skin in fine form and reward you for going to the spa more frequently.

Open to residents in Vancouver and Toronto, the Little Grey Pass works somewhat like an actual passport. Every time you visit one of Dermalogica’s certified skin centres for a 60-minute skin treatment, you get a stamp. Once you’ve visited four different spas, you can redeem your pass for a bottle of Dermalogica’s PreCleanse, a cult favourite of the brand. If you make it to six different spas, you’ll also get a travel-sized Daily Microfoliant. Being rewarded for pampering your skin—what more could a beauty buff ask for? Read more »

Street Style, Vancouver: 20 shots of holiday shoppers in clever cold-weather layers


Street Style Vancouver Holiday Shopping

Photography by Sabrina Fenster

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When they’re not ice-covered, the Canadian streets have been alive with festive spirit over the past few months, with holiday shopping top of mind for most. And while it may officially be time for winter dressing, the fashion conscious aren’t letting their style game suffer. After all, layers are an opportunity to let your inner statement-maker get creative.

To help keep you inspired through the colder months, we hunted down some of Vancouver’s stylish holiday shoppers who’ve one-upped the chill with style to spare. Natalie Lang is keeping warm outside of Secret Location in an Antipodium bomber jacket and turtleneck strategically layered underneath her Michael Roberts for One T-Shirt. Meanwhile, Elisa Kosonen of EDK PR is protecting herself from the elements in a perfectly oversized and beautifully textured scarf and contrast sleeve coat. The braver fashion souls are sporting more minimal layers for those warmer weather days that Vancouver tends to grace us with. Amaly Narong of Today You Are Special boutique is wearing a lace insert dress, and has her Maison Scotch topper and angora check scarf on hand in case the Vancouver temps throw a curveball at her. Cinday Ma is dressed in a holiday-appropriate sweater and flouncy leather skirt by H&M, perfect for the festive parties we’ve been frequenting. Meanwhile, men are starting to up the ante on their style game with mixed prints and textures, ombre sweaters, and even fringe hoodies. Here, our picks for holiday shopping, parties, and beyond.
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Street Style, Vancouver: 24 shots of the city’s most stylish keeping warm in colourful fall layers


Street Style Vancouver Fall Layers

Photography Sabrina Fenster

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While it’s safe to say that we’re nearing the end of fall, temperatures (and the fashion choices that go along with them) have been all over the place. Mixed weather conditions call for fairly magpie-esque outfit choices to get the look just right. In Vancouver, the city’s most stylish have been finding ways to pair summer-inspired pieces with cold-weather essentials while still looking cool. Case in point: the humour-infused Canadian tuxedo emblazoned with Bart Simpson’s face, the Adidas logo hoodie paired with a thrifted leather vest and the ultra-colourful green hair/turquoise toque. Woo to See You boutique owner Hans Woo toyed with texture by pairing her tribal-inspired dress with a 3/4-length sleeve jacket, her husband Justin played with multi-patterns in one varsity style zip. Here, we’ve culled our favourite looks of the season so far on the street in Vancouver.
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Vancouver Street Style: 25 photos of shoppers in vibrant prints outside a summer market


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Photography by Peter Jensen

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Street style is often influenced by its surroundings and our latest batch of photos from Vancouver is vivid proof. Last month, the city’s Robson and Granville streets were closed for Viva Vancouver, an indie clothing and accessories market selling awesome wares while encouraging the liveability of the area, in keeping with the city’s pledge to be greenest worldwide by 2020.

On the street, stylish shoppers didn’t disappoint wearing print-heavy ensembles as they perused the market’s various stalls. The year’s most popular prints were in full view ranging from checkers to ikat to polka dots. In addition to the ever-popular florals and stripes, fall’s focus on the black and white trend was evident.
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Better than boot camp: We test out Vancouver’s hip new workout-meets-diet program, The Tight Life


Tight Life Vancouver

Photography courtesy Tight Life

Have you ever invested in a gym membership only to use it but once a month? Made a promise to stop eating sugar and carbs only to give in the moment a dessert plate is offered? Our western editor Joy Pecknold can certainly relate, which is why she jumped at the chance to try Vancouver’s newest (and probably the hippest) three-in-one healthy lifestyle program, The Tight Life.

A holy trinity of trainer, nutritionist and chef, are behind The Tight Life. Three Vancouverites—Keighty Gallagher, Carley Mendes and Christina Culver—dreamt it up to solve a common dilemma: when you cleanse, you have no energy to exercise, whereas if you do a boot camp it, it’s common to binge on bad food posthaste. The solution is so simple, it hurts: “A combination of healthy diet and regular exercise.” D’oh! Actually doing it is the tricky part, so they facilitate. I took their three-week Glory Zone package, which includes two hour-long group workouts a week with Gallagher, weekly nutrition guidance by Mendes and two post-workout salads a week made by Culver. Read more »

J.Crew Vancouver: Go inside the Pacific Centre’s new women’s-only location


JCrew Vancouver Pacific Centre

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No Timberlake suit and tie will get in the way of a woman’s right to cardigans in every colour with the opening of a women’s only J.Crew in Pacific Centre today. The opening makes it the American retailer’s second Vancouver location and seventh in Canada. Bring on the J.Crew!

The more than 4,000-square-foot store on the mall’s lower level launches with the brand’s spring/summer collection. Touring the shop with Tom Mora, Head of Women’s Design, he points out the plethora of eye-catching prints—running the gamut from “Hawaiian sunset” to “punk floral”—and delicate details including embroidery and eyelet. The brand’s beloved cashmere pieces, cropped pants, costume jewellery, pencil skirts, schoolboy blazers and Italian leather shoes and bags are here too. We were chuffed to also find the Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew boat shoe collaboration. Read more »

Introducing Partyskirts: 2 lengths, 10 colours, 1 dream Vancouver-based skirt collection

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Just take one peek at the Fall 2013 runways and you’ll notice how major a trend full skirts are set to be. So it’s perfect timing that Partyskirts, a new line of must-have silk skirts, has just launched its covetable versions for spring.

The Vancouver-based line is designed by sisters Lauren and Mariel Armstrong, and is currently sold in boutiques and online. The spring collection includes two styles: an original mini length ($195), and a new “Lady Length” ($245) that falls just below the knee. Both of these options come in a variety of striking neon colours, so you get the ease of only have two signature styles but multiple colours to choose from. Dare to wear them with a trendy crop top, or sky-high stilettos for a sexy summer look. Depending on whether you dress them up or down, these skirts are perfect for formal occasions, such as prom or weddings, as well as non-formal occasions.
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