West Coast Alert

West Coast Alert
December 2008

Holiday D-lite
Where to go, what to wish for and how to cool your heels—literally—in between? Just think of this month’s Alert as a West Coast road map leading to all things hip, haute and holiday.
Susie Wall


MANIMAL HOUSE Channel your inner West Coast Pocahontas with a pair of ankle-length Manimal moccasins in navy, magenta or toast avec gold detail. Handcrafted by Brooklyn-based designer Kristen Lombardi, fashion pros are flipping for the ribcage flats, bandana slip-ons and (my fave) double-fringed booties—just be prepared for eye-stretching stares from envious stylistas. Available at Gastown’s Nouvelle Nouvelle.


THINK PINK From linens and baby layettes to bohemian crockery and girly furnishings, In the Pink @ Home (the sister shop to clothing store In The Pink) is a slam-dunk for holiday retail (read: me-tail) therapy. Can’t decide between the gourmet candles, coffee table books or the haute stationary? Regroup by the Ella Moss frocks and Fidelity Denim. Long live the one-stop shop. Suite 50—16081 24th Avenue, South Surrey, 778-294-2094.


KNIT WIT Working on your wish list? Search is over. From Cairo to Kokomo is a collection of hand-knit, Cowichan-inspired sweaters designed by Vancouver’s Granted, and these true North beauties are très chalet chic: chunky, 100% wool zip-up sweaters are emblazoned with warm weather palm trees, camels and flamingos. Just like home, minus the chill.


DESIGN LANGUAGE Glamour guests in town? The Shangri-La hotel’s breathtaking signature shop, By Design, carries famed D. Porthault linens, Dunhill accessories (dads dig the money clips), house robes (OMG) and Canada’s first offering of the luxe Shanghai Tang fashion brand. Warning: leave the bulk of your brood at home—at 275 square feet, this emporium is luxe, but little. 1113 Alberni Street, 604-661-3329.


FROZEN ASSETS Who says you can’t rock frozen yogurt in December? Yaletown’s new Froyo Swirl confection shop is famed for its signature tart, healthy blends topped with fruit, nuts or candy (Gummy bears or blackberries? Tough call). Even cooler? Froyo’s holiday swirl is laced with giant gingerbread chunks and a nutmeg dusting. Well deck the halls! 820 Homer St., 604-682-6116.


WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at Contest closes January 11, 2009.


FLARE VOLUNTEER AWARDS Each 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:


GIVE FLARE AND WIN! For every FLARE magazine gift subscription you give, your name will be entered for a chance to win a 60″ freshwater pearl necklace with signature clasp from Birks. Enter here!