Fresh Start Winter can be downright weary but you’ll have a happy new year with our fresh look at local workouts, wardrobe must-haves and some stylish-for-your-soul charity work. —Andrew Sardone
HOT YOKAYou might think a trip to The Beach is best left for balmier days but why put off a dip into the Dutch designer labels at east end boutique Yoka? Owner Carla Kloosterhuis specializes in Scandanavian lines like D.E.P.T, GSUS and Sandwich. For fashion locavores, Dinh-ba and Bodybag by Jude from Montreal and Toronto’s Bionic all share a Nordic love of bold patterns and easy cuts.
WORK IT OUTA little holiday shape shifting is nothing a trip to the Tula Yoga Spa can’t help. Two downtown locations offer a full schedule of hot yoga and pilates classes to help you sweat out December’s bubbly and gingerbread binges. After all that stretching, indulge in a deep tissue massage or rejuvenation facial at the in house spa. 30 Duncan Street, #102, 416-599-8852 and 956 Bloor Street West, 416-913-4181.
SPOON FEDIf you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, string one of Demitasse’s spoon trinkets around your neck for some posh New Years luck. The L.A.-based line, available in Toronto at Trove (791 Bathurst Street, 416-516-1258 and 2264 Bloor Street West, 416-766-1258), includes sterling silver and yellow, white or rose gold charms shaped like miniature cutlery. The collection’s Demistaches (a hit with LiLo) are mustache pendants ranging from thin Dali-like whiskers to Freddy Mercury-style handlebars.
WINTER WHITEWearing white in the middle of winter isn’t as scandalous as it used to be. It’s downright do-gooding in fact if you’re dressing up for the Wear White 4 Windfall fundraising campaign. On January 29, follow the lead of local celebs like Breakfast Television host Dina Pugliese who stars in a poster campaign encouraging the philanthropically fashionable to throw on their snowy best and donate $4 to Windfall Clothing Service. The contribution helps distribute new clothing to social agencies around the city.
MEAT & GREETHoliday feast after holiday feast means we’re feeling a bit daintier about our New Years eating habits. Grazing is the way to go and, luckily, one of the city’s most buzzed about new restaurants is built around the classic charcuterie sampler. Grant Van Gameren and Jennifer Agg’s The Black Hoof serves up salamis, confits and other carnivore friendly bites sided with delicious condiments and crispy breads. 938 Dundas Street West, 416-551-8854.
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