Winter Wonderland We have the perfect outfits and mapped out our party destinations, so now it’s time to ace the holiday cocktail scene in sensational style. —Lincoln Phillip
SONG BIRDEdmonton’s emerging chanteuse Krystal Dos Santos has been getting more airtime than reruns of America’s Next Top Model. (Yes, that was her single “Shake Ya Body” that you heard playing on Christina Applegate’s comedy Samantha Who). If you have yet to pick up her debut CD, catch her live on December 20th at the Hip Hop for Hunger fundraiser, as well as regular nights at Famoso and Flavours.
BEAUTIFUL DISCOVERYWhat gala girl couldn’t use an extra dose of dazzle? Hit up the Beauty Studio, the Bay’s new playground for all things pretty. The buffet-style space offers coveted brands like Micabella, Pure and Lise Watier, plus an on-site pro-makeup artist. The Studio is found exclusively at the Bay Market Mall in Calgary and Red Deer.
GIVE GREENOffering everything from organic cosmetics to non-toxic paint, Riva’s The Eco Store has been dubbed the green movement’s general store. For that fave naturalist in your life, gift them English Retreads’ vintage rubber handbag, jewellery by local designer Kari Woo (pictured) or a sweet bamboo and organic cotton frock by Grace and Cello.
STATEMENT MAKERSHoliday dressing gives us the green light to rev up our looks with the season’s hottest embellishments like crystals, plumes and grommets. Boutik has this season’s ultimate party looks such as Trina Turk’s LBD (pictured here) with a removable feather hem and Alice + Olivia’s white studded dress. For added sparkle pair them with giant gems by Calgary’s own Jodi McDonald.
NIGHT CAPNeed a place to party on New Year’s Eve? Downtown Edmonton’s latest it-spot, the Hat, has been revamped as a gorgeous resto-pub complete with vaulted ceilings and old-boys-club style furnishings. The inspiration may be traditional but there’s nothing stodgy about the place. The gourmet burger menu and extensive wine list make it hip, while the live bands make it the best late night house party on the block.
WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIAIn celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at www.flare.com/australia. Contest closes January 11, 2009.
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