West Coast Alert

West Coast Alert
February 2009

Sweet Talk
Are you on the lookout for a chic and sinful adventure? Mais bien sur! So from massages to marshmallows (I’ll explain!), this month we show you how to turn up the heat for Valentine’s Day, West Coast style. No dough? No problem. Item #2 won’t break the bank and the sweet returns will be endless, you saucy minx you.
Susie Wall


PANTY RAID Vancouver’s new Panty by Post is a saucy way to sex up your skivvies without the hassle of the hunt. Simply pick your pair from the online shop (pieces are designed by Montreal’s Blush Lingerie), enter a gift message (but not if they’re for you – that would be creepy) and send away. Choose from a Sexy Single delivery ($28), a Sultry Six pack ($128) or go for a year of making the postman blush with The Commitment ($188/dozen). Cheeky footnote: order by February 10th and have them just in time for the big day. Visit


BLACK BEAUTY Toss the mascara and lose the lash curler. The flirty new Noir Lash Lounge is Yaletown’s new It-spot for semi-permanent lash applications (60-90 mins, applications last approx. 4-8 weeks) that’ll make your peepers pop for date night and beyond. I recommend the Fabulicious (‘for the day-to-night office superstar’); Perpetual Pretty (‘a subtle difference makes all the difference’) or the Addict for the Dramatic (‘get noticed across a dark room and still look fresh the next morning, even when you’re not’). Now get busy batting those cat eyes like they were part of the blue print! 1150 Hamilton St, 778-994-6861.


ROCK OF LOVE Gourmet picnics at Lighthouse Park, dinner at the top of Grouse – does your BF always do the spoiling? Book a wet safari weekend at the new Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Vancouver Island and even the score. Perched atop Ucluelet’s famed Big Beach, every room at this storm-watching wonderland has either a rain forest or ocean view (not to mention a fireplace and giant, fluffy robes). And, if your honey’s the Leo DiCaprio, eco-obsessed type tell him the resort’s geothermal heating system harnesses the earth’s heat to warm the rooms (now that’s sexy). P.S. Pack Wellies and your cutest rain slicker – every season’s storm season around here, folks. 596 Marine Dr., Ucluelet, 1-877-762-5011.


CHI GETS PRETTY Get centered at the Shangri-La Hotel’s new bronze, olive and wood-soaked CHI spa for a holistically-minded ‘journey’ (that’s sexy-speak for treatment). The sp-ahhh specializes in ancient Chinese and Himalayan wellness techniques and uses hand-harvested local ingredients such as Vancouver Island’s mineral-rich seaweed (it’s fab for smile lines!). If a Himalayan Healing Stone Massage or Jade Jewel Facial isn’t on your to-do list, try the 1,000 square-foot couples suite on for size and get your movie-star glow back in tandem. 1128 West Georgia Street.


BUTTER ME UP Thinking about buying Romeo a box of love-themed confections? Totally chic-onomical, girlfriend. Stop in at Dunbar’s charming Butter Bakery for giant heart and lip-shaped butter cookies emblazoned with ‘Love’ and ‘Be Mine’; butter cream frosted cupcakes topped with Love Hearts and lipsmacks; a stack of spongy, Strawberry Heart marshmallows (dipped in dark chocolate, natch) or snap up a legendary High Top – a heart-shaped cake-for-two finished with dark chocolate ganache and a centre filled with a white chocolate heart. Melting? Thought so.