Style

Stars and studs.

The era of the “it-bag”, full of its fabled Fendi baguettes, waiting lists, and celebrity-induced hysteria, has finally, and assuredly, evolved. Ela Handbags—a Swedish and Canadian accessories line—has found a foothold in the new “it”.

Dining

Raising the roof.

The Panorama Roof at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was once the hot spot of Vancouver society, frequented by celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Jack Benny. Now, the space has reopened for a limited time.

Dining

Studies in cacao.

To help budding connoisseurs navigate the decadent world of chocolate, Canadian writer Eagranie Yuh, a permanent jury member of the International Chocolate Awards, has created The Chocolate Tasting Kit.

Culture

No playoffs, no more excuses.

The Habs are the only Canadian team to make the playoffs this spring. Every other Canadian NHL squad has been relegated to the sidelines. And that means the Canadian calendar is wide open, ready to be filled with accomplishment.

Culture

Going to market.

Westminster Quay Public Market languished long and almost succumbed. That is, until 2008, when Mark Shieh arrived on the scene and commenced resuscitation as the newly rebranded River Market.

Travel

Oporto, Portugal.

You may be familiar with classic and historic Port houses, but have you ever heard of a Port hotel? Or more precisely, a five-diamond Relais & Châteaux Port hotel?

Culture

A spring gardens series.

Every Friday in April, Samantha Philips of Victory Gardens shares her passion for spring gardening with some sage advice for the season.

Transportation

Drive.

The stretch of road known as the I-5 is, at certain times of the day, a basic rush-hour situation, except at speeds that top 100 kilometres an hour most of the time. It can be a little stressful, unless you happen to be driving a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Design

A space of their own.

It’s been over 30 years since brothers Mark and Rex Panther opened furniture specialist Brougham Interiors in North Vancouver, and for the past 15, they’ve made a point of carrying Baker’s American classics.

Arts

Artistic freedom.

In order to succeed, Sarah Macaulay of Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, advises, “you have to feel a deep confidence that everything’s going to be alright.”

Style

For April showers.

Vancouver knows a thing or two about rain. So it’s not surprising that two sisters from Toronto, Ashley McDonald and Jenn Lancefield, ended up on the West Coast when they went searching for a way to make their stylish rainwear 100 per cent waterproof.

Dining

The appliance.

La Marzocco GS/3 makes it possible to emulate the results of the big machines right in your home.