West Coast Alert

West Coast Alert
January 2009

New Order
Grey days, frozen leftovers and gloomy workouts be-gone! Throw open the shutters, break out the Paperwhites (my favourite New Year’s botanical) and greet 2009 feeling refreshed and fabulicious—thanks to some stylish inspiration from some of the West Coast’s hottest food, fashion and fitness darlings.
Susie Wall


LOCK & LOAD Famed for her Highlands wool shawls and Victorian-meets-rockstar dresses and blouses, designer-slash-songstress Isabelle Dunlop‘s Uncle John charm necklaces brighten even the gloomiest January day. Each repurposed coin, button, key and money clip is sourced in Bristol, England by Dunlop’s—you guessed it—Uncle John. Thought you’d missed your Br(it)-Girl moment? No way. At Umeboshi (3638 Main Street), One of A Few (354 Water St.) or visit


RUN LOLA RUN Want to stick to your shape-up resolution? Then your getup needs to be in step. Lotuswear’s new running collection is figure-flattering (seriously), technical, and totally medal-worthy in the style dept. The designed-in-Vancouver tanks, leggings, jackets and shorts (plus my fave—the flirty running skirt) guarantee you’ll cross the Sun Run finish line (April 19th) looking h-o-t.


FROCK LOT South Granville’s new Oliver and Lilly’s clothing and accessories outpost is your New Year, new-you headquarters. Love the buffet of L.A. brands including Amanda Uprichard (effortless tunics), Ali Ro (frocks for all figures) and Elwood (slick velour leisure suits in slate grey) all at varying price points. Scoop: Sue London ballet flats arrive next month.


SAY SPAAA Determined to be an eco-warrior for 2009? Start with your self-pampering potion pantry. Absolute Spa’s new Organics Spa Binge Rare White Grapefruit blend is fresh (thanks to B.C. organic cranberries, blueberries and citrus oils), detoxifying and cruelty-free. Formulated into body washes, scrubs, oils, shea lotions and soy candles, it’s time to binge without the bulge, babe.


MAMA MIA! Skip your creepy holiday leftovers with a detour to Kitsilano’s new La Quercia restaurant (Italian for Oak tree, but you knew that). Specializing in Northern Italian fare, this casual 32-seater hotspot (with eco-minded furnishings like bamboo and reclaimed oak) is hip with foodies and gastro-neophytes alike. P.S. Book your reso like your haircut—in advance.

JUNOS CONTEST You 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 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: