Ground Control Not planning on cooling your heels in the Caribbean after all that holiday revelry? Fear not grounded set: this month’s winter white out can be just as beautiful as a sea-foamed surf. —Lincoln Phillip
GREEN WITH ENVIETake on the year in fine form with a little self-renewal at Envie Spa and Wellness. Indulge in an authentic Thai massage (an envie exclusive) or get the skinny from owner and director Leanne Quong on maintaining that post Guinot facial.
STRING THEORYSatisfying our mid-month fashion fix does have its challenges on the retail circuit: no sizes, same old stock, we’re broke and it’s too cold to wear early spring! So for us savvy stylistas, we turn to Pudding Yarn’s knitting and crochet classes to craft some folksy cool winter wares.
COLOUR THEORYBanish those January blues with 442 McAdam’s multi-coloured clutches. Crafted by local designer Sarah Shell, the vintage inspired handbags are designed to lift your spirits instantly with their supple skins and happy hues. Not to mention offering any outfit, and the wearer, some reliably glamorous support. Available online or Pink Sugar Boutique.
BEAUTY MARKThis month it’s all about the original material girl (sorry Madge, we’re talking about Marilyn) as the Glenbow Museum presents Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend (until February 22). The exhibition of art celebrating the silver screen goddess features hundreds of photos, paintings, videos and costumes, including that sexy scarlet number from How to Marry a Millionaire.
PANTRY PARTYLocal urbanites can now take full advantage of down home communal cooking at Farm, Calgary’s new barn-chic resto. The family style service space brings all your favourite foodies around a 12-ft harvest table to savour all things locavore. Further incentives to feel at home on the range include bubbling hot mac ‘n cheese, grilled sandwiches, homemade deserts and hearty soups.
JUNOS CONTESTYou and a guest could be off to Vancouver to attend the 2009 JUNO Awards! And, the fun doesn’t stop there. You could then be heading to the mountains of Whistler for some skiing! Enter at . Contest closes February 9, 2009.
FLARE VOLUNTEER AWARDSEach year FLARE honours six of Canada’s most outstanding volunteers, and this year – our 13th annual awards – we are also looking for Canada’s best teenage volunteer. Help the volunteer in your life receive the recognition she deserves and nominate her today. For an official nomination form visit: flare.com/volunteer